The World’s First Illustrations for H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds (1897)

H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by London-born Warwick Goble (22 November 1862 – 22 January 1943) for British publisher C. Arthur Pearson’s magazine, Pearson’s.

“I’m doing the dearest little serial for Pearson’s new magazine in which I completely wreck and sack Woking – killing my neighbours in painful and eccentric ways – then proceed via Kingston and Richmond to London, which I sack, selecting South Kensington for feats of peculiar atrocity,” wrote Goble to a friend in 1897.

 

H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick Goble

H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick Goble

H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick Goble

H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick GobleH.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick Goble

 

H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was first illustrated by Warwick Goble

 

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