The full title of the book on the title page is "Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump". It was actually written by H G Wells, although credited to his nom de plume Reginald Bliss.
"Being a First Selection from the Literary Remains of George Boon, Appropriate to the Times, Prepared for Publication by Reginald Bliss, author of "The Cousins of Charlotte Bronte," "A Child's History of the Crystal Palace," "Firelight Rambles," "Edible Fungi," "Whales in Captivity," and other works.
With an Ambiguous Introduction by H. G. Wells."
Wells states, "I will confess that I have not read his book through, though I have a kind of first-hand knowledge of its contents, and that it seems to me an indiscreet, ill-advised book. . . . ".
The book has been considered as a caustic satire aimed at those who engage in literary pomposity and pretentious high-mindedness, and displays the more cynical side of H. G. Wells.
Some chapters have humorous line drawing illustrations. Green cloth boards with gilt drawing on front and gilt titles on spine.
Covers have general wear marks and noticeable staining; some areas of scuffing on front and back and edges of boards; spine ends bumped and rather careworn with loss approx. 5mm. Left edge of spine has become detached from the back of the book but remains attached at the front. Mild foxing and soiling to text block edges; top edge gilt is marked and darkened. some foxing to the inside pages, the severity varies but all text s clearly legible. Owner's name neatly written in ink on front free end paper with date April 1916; rear end paper has a library label attached with rubber stamps dated 1915 and 1916.
At various points in the book there are neat pencil underlings and vertical lines alongside the text; some neat pencil notes, a reader's comments on the text, are written in the margins, mainly in chapters six and seven. These do not detract from the contents, indeed they may add to its charm and history.