First, if you haven’t read last week’s collection highlight, Mr. Belloc Objects to the Outline of History, go read up on the back and forth between Hilaire Belloc and HG Wells.
Here’s the published back and forth we mentioned last week. Clockwise from the upper right we have the initial work, HG Wells Outline of History, Belloc’s Objection, and Wells’ objection to the objection.
The first set of Wells books are not anywhere close to first (or second, or third…) editions. These were published in 1961 and are in excellent condition. The Belloc is original, as is the second Wells.
What I appreciate about these books are the fact that we have the entire published dialogue available; not one side over the other, but both in a back and forth. That is not to say that the whole thing was civil; by all account both men were antagonistic toward each other and did not appreciate the effort of the other to discredit them. I can’t imagine how their mutual friends dealt with it. Laughter, I assume, though I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong.