Sunday, June 19, 2011

Auction records: Unbroken run of The Cosmopolitan magazine, 1897, with H. G. Wells serial novel The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells (British Science Fiction author, 1866-1946)

The War of the Worlds, serialized in The Cosmopolitan magazine. New York: The Cosmopolitan Press, 1897. Nine monthly issues, April 1897 through December 1897.

Illustrated wrappers. Faint, unobtrusive rubber stamp on cover of April, 1897 issue. Minor chipping to head and foot of spines. A nice unbroken run of The Cosmopolitan, containing the entire novel, with illustrations by Warwick Goble. In a modern, large clamshell box with gilt lettering on the spine. A very nice set in very good condition. From the Jane and Howard Frank Collection.

The War of the Worlds first made its appearance in a serialized fashion simultaneously in both the U.S. and in Great Britain, in the monthly magazines The Cosmopolitan and Pearson's, respectively.

Sold for: $1,673 (includes BP )
Date sold: October 16, 2008
Auction house: Heritage Auctions

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