The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

With a New Introduction by Simon Wells
Illustrations by Florian Bertmer

Considered the greatest science-fiction novel of all time, The Time Machine is a seminal moment in the history of English literature. A dazzling display of new thought that has been endlessly copied since its release in 1895, its title alone – a phrase coined by Wells as a device for traveling backwards or forwards through time – has become part of the cultural lexicon. When an English Scientist, known only as The Time Traveller, invents a machine that can travel through time, he finds himself in a distant future inhabited by a mellow race of humans called the Eloi. The Time Traveller will soon discover, however, that they are not the only race left on Earth. The Time Machine remains one of the most important novels of the 19th century.

The Time Machine will mark the first in a three-book set of H.G. Wells novels. Originality was Wells’s calling card. The author’s ability to, as historian John Higgs notes “create wholly original stories out of thin air” culminated in a three-year span in which he published three of his most influential works; what Wells referred to as “scientific romance novels.” The Time Machine, followed by The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds are editions uniquely crafted and designed to breathe new life into some of the greatest stories ever told. Additionally, each book includes special curated bonus material to create a truly unique set of these beloved novels.

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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.

Lettered Edition

The lettered edition is a full goatskin binding with raised bands and a leather spine label. The cover is stamped with gold foil, and endsheets are hand-marbled in the U.K. Printed letterpress on Stonehenge cotton paper, the edition is limited to 26 copies lettered A-Z and is housed in a unique quarter leather clamshell case with cloth boards.

Numbered Edition

The Numbered edition is a quarter cloth binding with custom designed paper boards, which are printed letterpress. The spine is covered in a vibrant two-toned cloth and endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra. The edition is housed in a paper covered slipcase and is limited to 250 copies.

Roman Numeral Edition

18th century illustration of part of bookbinding process. Published in “L’encyclopedie, ou Dictionnarie Raisonne des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers” (Diderot, Paris, 1751)

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.

Exclusive Bonus Material

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.



The Time Machine by H.G. Wells is the first in a series of three classic H.G. Wells novels to be released in 2020. The Time Machine is followed by The Invisible Man and then The War of the Worlds. All editions feature curated bonus material and are signed by the artist and introductory authors.

Purchasing the Set

Each book may be purchased individually during their respective pre-order periods, or you may pre-pay for the complete set now and lock in the current pricing. Purchasing the set up-front also guarantees matching numbers and/or letters, and a discount of 10% is applied to the set. Please note that the discount is not available on the installment plan.


The Invisible Man:
A Grotesque Romance


Introduction by Christopher Priest
Science fiction author and Vice-President of The H.G. Wells Society

Bonus Material included:

Appendix A: The Four Endings of The Invisible Man – The four different versions of Chapter 28’s conclusive words originally intended to be the last paragraph of the book.

Appendix B: Invisibility in Ancient Greece and in Nineteenth-Century Fiction – Exclusive excerpts from a collection of invisibility narratives that inspired H.G. Wells’s novel.

Appendix C: Technological Context: Röntgen Rays and Radio Waves – A valuable collection of articles that served as scientific inspiration for H.G. Wells’s novel.

Signed by Christopher Priest and Florian Bertmer


The War of the Worlds
Introduction by Orson Scott Card
Hugo and Nebula Award winning author

Includes 112 Page Bonus Booklet with Letterpress Printed Jacket:

The Crystal Egg – Precursor to The War of the Worlds
The Things That Live on Mars by H.G. Wells – Cosmopolitan Article
Orson Welles 1938 Radio Broadcast Script
Reprint of The Boston Daily Globe’s front page headline
Reproductions of 32 famous Henrique Alvim Corrêa drawings
Art from Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

Signed by Orson Scott Card and Florian Bertmer


Herbert George Wells, often referred to as H. G. Wells, was an English writer best known for his science fiction works that gave a vision of the future. An avid reader since a very young age, Wells became a literary sensation with the publication of his novel The Time Machine. H.G. Wells is best remembered for his science fiction novels, and his influence on this genre is so significant that he is known as “the father of science fiction.” His most notable works include The Time Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Wells was among the first to write about time machines and alien invasions. His most famous works have never been out of print, and their influence is still seen in modern books, films and television shows.


Florian Bertmer is quite an enigma. Little is known about the german-born artist but we do know that he recently moved to Los Angeles, CA. He has a flair for the macabre and a profound knowledge of the occult. His unique and insanely detailed style draws inspiration from traditional pen and ink illustrators such as Alphonse Mucha, Geoff Darrow, Pushead, Mike Mignola and Ed Roth. He recently made his way into the realm of movie posters, creating movie poster art for such iconic films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Swamp Thing and Planet of the Apes.

The Time Machine

Scheduled Publication: Spring 2020

  • Lettered Edition
  • ISBN: 978-1-951151-16-4
  • Limited to 26 copies
  • Publication price: $2,150
    (Payment plan available:
    Four payments of $537.50*)
  • Numbered Edition
  • ISBN: 978-1-951151-17-1
  • Limited to 250 copies
  • Publication price: $295
  • Roman Numeral
  • ISBN: 978-1-951151-28-7
  • No more than 5 copies for sale
  • Publication price: $12,950
    (Payment plan available:
    Four payments of $3,237.50*)

There are currently no plans to publish a Roman Numeral edition of either The Invisible Man or The War of the Worlds, but if we do, owners of the Roman Numeral edition of The Time Machine will have first refusal rights.

The H.G. Wells Collection

Includes The Time Machine, The Invisible Man &
The War of the Worlds

  • Lettered Collection
  • Limited to 26 copies each
  • Includes all three H.G. Wells books
  • Publication price: $6,550
  • Special collection price: $5,895
    (Payment plan available:
    Four payments of $1,473.75*)
  • Numbered Collection
  • Limited to 250 copies each
  • Includes all three H.G. Wells books
  • Publication price: $985
  • Special collection price: $886.50
    (Payment plan available:
    Four payments of $221.63*)

Estimated publication of The Invisible Man is Summer 2020
Estimated publication of The War of the Worlds is Fall 2020

Current Publication Price:
The Invisible Man Numbered: $295
The Invisible Man Lettered: $2,150
The War of the Worlds Numbered: $395
The War of the Worlds Lettered: $2,250

Artwork From The Time Machine
By Florian Bertmer



Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2019 by Florian Bertmer.
Numbered edition photography by Paul Michael Kane
* 5% processing fee applies on installment plans. The H.G. Wells Collection discount of 10% is not available on the installment plan.