Very good first edition, with slight bruising to spine. A small section of the finish to the top board near the back corner has been worn away, exposing the board beneath. Very small indent to top of front board. Light foxing to bottom of page block. In a very good unclipped dust jacket, with some slight chipping to spine, and small tear to both front and back cover. Some wear to corners, and some browning to light surfaces. All together, a very nice and collectible version of this work by Wells.
In the months following his wife's death, Mr. Preemby, a retired laundryman becomes convinced that he is the incarnation of Sargon, the ancient king of Sumeria, returned to save a world upturned by the First World War. Trying to make sense of Mr Preemby is his stepdaughter, Christina Alberta. A masterclass in comic invention, Christina Alberta's Father depicts characters who long for something to believe in, just so long as it is not 'some horrible Utopia by Wells', but whose attempts to change the world are always doomed to disappointment. Whether taken as a social satire, a psychological study or a critique of Wells's own beliefs and relationships, Christina Alberta's Father makes for a fascinating and delightful read.