This year marks the 125th anniversary of the first publication of The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells; a classic work of early science fiction that remains one of the author’s most disturbing and unforgettable novels. When Edward Prendick is rescued from a shipwreck, he is left on a nearby island and soon discovers the home of the depraved Doctor Moreau, a mad scientist conducting unspeakable animal experiments with hideous, human-like results.
While gene-splicing and bioengineering are common practices today, Wells’s haunting vision raised ethical questions more than a century before our time. Originally published in 1896, Wells’s story reflects the scientific controversies disrupting the societal norm in the late 1800s, including increased opposition to animal vivisection and growing discussion of Darwinism and the degeneration of the human race.
With The Island of Doctor Moreau published just one year after his first novel, The Time Machine, H.G. Wells was creating new worlds for which he would become known as one of the founding fathers of the science fiction genre. Moreau is the earliest example of what would become a popular science fiction motif called “uplift,” in which a more advanced race interferes with the evolution of the animal species to bring the latter to a higher level of intelligence.
With its themes of cruelty, moral responsibility, and man’s interference with nature, The Island of Doctor Moreau is one of Wells’s most important and thought-provoking explorations on what makes us human.
About The Editions:
The limited edition of The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six full color illustrations by Benz and Chang as well as a new exclusive foreword by Megan Shepherd and an afterword by Adam Roberts.
Included in all editions is the following bonus content:
– Appendix A: Wells Explains: Two Essays Relating to Moreau’s Argument.
– H.G. Wells, The Province of Pain (1894)
– H.G. Wells, The Limits of Individual Plasticity (1895)
– Appendix B: ‘The Terrible Medusa Case’: An Historical Source for Prendick’s Shipwreck.
– A narrative account of the infamous shipwreck Méduse (1818).
– Reproduction of Théodore Géricault’s masterpiece painting The Raft of the Medusa (c.1819).
– Appendix C: Wells’s First Draft of Moreau.
– A study and excerpt from H.G. Wells’s original draft of Moreau.
Artist Edition ($130):
The Artist edition is limited to 1000 copies with a dust jacket illustrated by Benz and Chang. It is a full cloth, smyth sewn binding with two-hits foil stamping. It is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket, and is signed by the artist. The edition is printed offset and is housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.
Numbered Edition ($365):
The Numbered edition of 350 copies is a quarter cloth binding with Japanese cloth boards. The cover is foil stamped in gold and endsheets are custom designed for this edition. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Via, and is housed in a cloth covered slipcase. It is signed by Megan Shepherd, Adam Roberts & Benz and Chang.
Lettered Edition ($1,850):
The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a full goatskin binding with a letterrpress printed spine label. The cover features a letterpress printed, die cut map of Noble’s Isle. Endsheets are hand marbled and the edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Via. The clamshell enclosure is covered in Japanese cloth with marbled paper floors, and the edition is signed by Megan Shepherd, Adam Roberts & Benz and Chang.
The Artist Edition is available to order today HERE. There is a chance that the Numbered edition may only be available for purchase through a lottery when it opens up for public pre-order on Saturday, April 10th at 9 A.M. Pacific. If any copies of the Lettered edition are available, those will be sold through a lottery only.