The Time Machine, An Invention. London: William Heinemann, 1895. First English edition, first issue. With publisher's 16 page advertisements inserted at the back of the book. Publisher's oatmeal grey cloth lettered in purple and top and foredges uncut. Light dust soiling to covers, neat ownership name to half-title, contents bright & clean. Overall an excellent copy. This first English edition was preceded by the American edition which had significant textual differences. H.G. Wells is considered the father of modern science fiction. 'The Time Machine' was not only his first novel but also a pioneering highlight of the science fiction genre.