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Well-preserved HG Wells works

Some of the author’s less famous books take super sums thanks to impressive condition

Books and works on paper

A remarkable group of 14 works by HG Wells – every one of them sporting a dust jacket – sold at strong and very often record sums in the book section of a December 15 sale held by Cuttlestones (17.5% buyer’s premium).

They did not, by and large, include the more famous of his works*, those titles that come first to mind, but in terms of condition they were exceptional.

The most expensive of the group was a 1908 first of The War in the Air. And particularly how Mr Bert Smallways fared while it lasted, published by George Bell & Sons and illustrated by AC Michael.

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