single page item is a reproduction of the first page of H.G.
Wells classic story, The War of the Worlds. It makes
for a terrific piece to frame and decorate a study or bedroom!
page is standard 8.5" x 11" in size and has been
hand antiqued via our own unique paper aging process to achieve
a look you wont find anywhere else.
actual page contains the following text (though please note
that the formatting and font will be different as viewed on
this page see photo for exact formatting and look!):
War of the Worlds
H. G. Wells
The Eve of War
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth
century that this world was being watched keenly and closely
by intelligences greater than mans and yet as mortal
as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various
concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost
as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the
ransient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe
about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their
empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under
the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older
worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of
them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible
or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental
habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied
there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves
and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the
gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to
those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool
and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes,
and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early
in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.
planet Mars, I scarcely need remind the reader, revolves about
the sun at a mean distance of 140,000,000 miles, and the light
and heat it receives from the sun is barely half of that received
by this world. It must be, if the nebular hypothesis has any
truth, older than our world; and long before this earth ceased
to be molten, life upon its surface must have begun its course.
The fact that it is scarcely one seventh of the volume of
the earth must have accelerated its cooling to the temperature
at which life could begin. It has air and water and all that
is necessary for the support of animated existence.
antiqued paper is delicately laced with a subtle hint of gold
in the creases creating an almost magical look. (Although
its difficult to catch with a camera, you can see in
the image below how the shimmering is caught in the light)
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