EXTREMELY RARE H. G. WELLS HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED WHICH DISCUSSES THE TIME MACHINE ONE OF HIS MOST NOTABLE SCIENCE FICTION WORKS AND ALSO MENTIONS HIS LATER IMPORTANT WORK ON THE SANKY COMMITTEE WHICH DEVELOPED THE DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF MAN
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) Handwritten Letter Signed, "H. G. Wells", 7 x 9, one page, on his "13, Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park, N.W. 1" letterhead, by the English writer nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times, prolific in many genres: he wrote dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history, satire, biography and autobiography. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), and the military science fiction The War in the Air (1907). A renowned futurist and “visionary”, Wells foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web. This extremely rare handwritten letter is to British writer and linguist Charles Kay Ogden, in part: "I don't know about the translation of The Time Machine, except that I'll be glad to see it done. I think your offer of 5% on the first 3000 & then 10% is quite reasonable --? with an advance on a/c of five pounds? (We usually have an advance but I don't insist). I'm very keen to get that Sanky declaration out into what is likely to be the language of diplomacy for the next century or so and I am delighted by your reason as far as it goes. I am a fanatic for this declaration. All my best wishes. Ring me up some time when you are in London & we'll have a talk." In fine condition, with usual letter folds.
Charles Kay Ogden (1889 - 1957) was an English philosopher, writer, and linguistic psychologist, who is now mostly remembered as the inventor and propagator of Basic English, an international auxiliary language and aid for teaching English as a second language. Essentially a simplified subset of regular English, the concept was first presented in Ogden's 1930 book Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar. Wells adopted the idea of Basic English in his 1933 science fiction work The Shape of Things to Come.
John Sankey, 1st Viscount Sankey, GBE, PC, KC (1866-1948) was a British lawyer, judge, Labour politician and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, famous for many of his judgments in the House of Lords. He gave his name to the Sankey Declaration of the Rights of Man (1940), the product of the Sankey Committee, which was set up in 1940 by the Daily Herald and the National Peace Council, and which Sankey chaired. The most active member of the committee was H. G. Wells, who prepared the draft that the Declaration was based on. It identified eleven fundamental human rights: right to life, protection of minors, duty to the community, right to knowledge, freedom of thought and worship, right to work, right to personal property, freedom of movement, personal liberty, freedom from violence, and right of law making. The Sankey Declaration was widely publicized by its sponsors at the time, but has since been largely forgotten, having been overtaken by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.