H. G. Wells. The Time Machine: An Invention. London: William Heinemann, 1895.
Wells 823 W46ti 1895 cop. 5
The first U.K. edition of The Time Machine, now a very valuable item, features a sphinx embossed on the front cover. The statue of a mysterious sphinx is the first thing that the Time Traveler sees when he arrives in the year 802,701.