London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1901. First UK edition; preceded by one month by the U.S. In first-issue binding of gilt-stamped, dark-blue cloth boards with black endpapers. Twelve full-page illustrations, including the frontispiece, tipped in as called for. "One of Wells better known and altogether delightful scientific romances" and "an example of Wells humour and satire at its best" (Feir 18). Stamp on verso front endpaper of Nottingham's "Mayfield Grove," a now defunct Primitive Methodist Church. Center banners read, "P.S.A. Class," perhaps indicating this copy given as an award. Otherwise, bright and near fine with front hinge paper just beginning to split but hinge still quite tight, and spine ends and corners a little rubbed.