Item #00213 Outline of History, The. H. G. WELLS.
Outline of History, The
Outline of History, The
Outline of History, The
Outline of History, The

Outline of History, The

London: George Newnes Limited, 1919. Item #00213

The Outline of History by H.G. Wells in the Original Twenty-Four Parts
A Good Set in the Original Color Illustrated Wrappers

WELLS, H.G. The Outline of History. Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind. Written with the Advice and Editorial Help of Mr. Ernest Barker, Sir H. H. Johnston, Sir E. Ray Lankester, and Professor Gilbert Murray. London: George Newnes Limited, [1919-1920].

First edition. Twenty-four quarto parts (11x 8 1/2 inches; 280 x 216 mm.). 780 continuous pp.

Publisher's wrappers printed in full color. Forty-seven color and miscellaneous black & white illustrations throughout by J.F. Horrabin. Original pictorial publisher's notice affixed to upper wrapper of volume 15 to announce a price increase for the subsequent issues. Approximately one third of the front wrapper of volume VI neatly excised, loss to upper corner of upper wrapper to volume XVII, pencil under-linings and marginal notes in some volumes. Some wear to a few spines, nonetheless, a good example, scarce in the original parts. Chemised in a full black morocco slipcase with gilt lettering and rules, with a bit of wear to edges.

Published every two weeks from November 1919 - November 1920, Wells’ intent was neatly summarized in his subtitle. He was not happy with the quality of history textbooks prior to his writing and strove to create an enduring text that would illustrate the progress of mankind and civilization as a Darwinian continuum. His theme was that education would be the salvation of mankind: “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe” he declared in the text, the catastrophe being another horrific conflict like the horrific World War which had ended a short time prior, and the recent Russian revolution, which as a socialist he was sympathetic to but had become disillusioned with after visiting the Soviet Union.

The serial was an immediate popular success, so much so that the publisher, using the sheets from parts I-XII, issued a hardcover edition in July of 1920 and a second volume, comprised of the sheets of parts XII-XXIV, in November of the same year. This two volume hardcover edition was a massive best seller, later revised, and often reprinted. In this, its fragile, original multi-part state with fine cover illustrations by various artists, it remains scarce.

Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was an English writer. Prolific in many genres, he wrote more than fifty novels and dozens of short stories. His non-fiction output included works of social commentary, politics, history, popular science, satire, biography, and autobiography. Wells' science fiction novels are so well regarded that he has been called the "father of science fiction".

James Francis "Frank" Horrabin (1884-1962) was an English socialist and for some time Communist radical writer and cartoonist. For two years he was Labour Member of Parliament for Peterborough. He attempted to construct a socialist geography and was an associate of David Low and George Orwell. In 1919 he created The Adventures of the Noah Family in The Daily News, originally a daily panel cartoon, later a continuing four-panel comic strip. It featured a suburban family who shared their names with the Biblical Noah and his sons, who lived at "The Ark", Ararat Avenue with their pet bear cub, Happy. The strip continued into the 1940s, in the News Chronicle after 1930, and was collected into several hard back books, most notably the Japhet and Happy Annuals and Summer Books between 1932 and 1952, and had a fan club, The Arkubs. He illustrated H. G. Wells' The Outline of History in 1920. In 1922 he created Dot and Carrie, a strip about two office workers, for The Star, which continued until 1962, moving to the Evening News in 1960.

Hammond E18. Wells 70(n).

Price: $750.00