The Time Machine roman numeral

H.G. Wells

Market Value

List price

$9,500

$ 12.950,00

Last recorded sale

Last sold price

1-Aug-2021

$9,500.00

Description from Suntup Website


This edition of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells is limited to two hundred & eighty-one copies, and is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Roman Numeral. The edition measures 6” x 9” and includes six ink illustrations by Florian Bertmer, as well as an exclusive introduction by Simon Wells, great-grandson of H.G. Wells, and director of the 2002 film adaptation.

The edition includes “The Chronic Argonauts,” an 1888 short story by H.G. Wells which the author refers to as, “the original draft of what became The Time Machine.” Also included is the long-lost eleventh chapter, “The Grey Man,” published during the novel’s serialization in the January to May issues of The New Review, excised from the first book edition published later that year.

Illustrations and text are printed letterpress on a hand-fed Vandercook Cylinder Press, and the editions are signed by Simon Wells and Florian Bertmer.


This first Roman Numeral edition offered by Suntup Editions is limited to no more than 5 copies for sale. This sumptuous edition is printed letterpress on Hahnemühle Biblio mold-made paper and is hand bound by Shepherds Sangorski & Sutcliffe in London, one of the oldest and most celebrated craft bookbinding firms in England. Our collaboration will produce a truly unique and fine edition.

The edition is bound in midnight blue goatskin with a ‘vortex’ on the front board which reaches around to the back. The design is crafted by moulding the leather, sculpting the boards, and utilizing white gold leaf hand tooling to create the impression of movement.

Small handtools are custom made for this edition as are the endpapers, which are handmade to follow the widening ripples of ‘time’ from the cover. The edges are hand-colored, headcaps are formed and endbands are handsewn silk. The edition is housed in a drop back box in matching leather with hand tooling in white gold.


In addition to the new introduction by Simon Wells, the edition includes the complete deleted text from the eleventh chapter later published under the title The Grey Man, as well as the prequel to The Time Machine, The Chronic Argonauts.


Also check out the other states of this book:

Numbered - Lettered