The Island of Doctor Moreau H. G. Wells (First edition)

“An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.”
H.G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau

 

First binding state. Original yellow-brown cloth, spine stamped black, pictorial cover stamped black and red. Publisher’s device in blind to back panel corner. 32 pages of inserted Publisher’s ads to rear, beginning with “The Time Machine.”

The Island of Dr. Moreau is one of H.G. Well’s most celebrated works. The novel explores a variety of philosophical themes including humanity with regard to identity and its relationship with nature, as well as a complex examination of morality in various situations. The Island of Dr. Moreau centers around the experience of a shipwrecked Englishman named Edward Prendick who finds himself on a remote island where the vivisectionist Dr. Moreau conducts horrific experimentations where he surgically alters animals by adding human traits.

H.G. Wells was a prolific author who is considered one of the “fathers of science fiction.” Although he never won the honor, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature on four different occasions. His formal education focused on biology which greatly influenced the nature of his work. He is best known for the novels The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and The Island of Dr. Moreau.

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