1954 Childhood's End
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First Edition, With Dustwrapper
With dustwrapper featuring an oil portrait by Deborah Jones. The work was first published a year earlier in the USA. This is the first UK edition. Arthur C. Clarke was a British science fiction writer and inventor, who is widely regarded as a key figure in the popularisation of space travel. His screenplay for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was co-written with Stanley Kubrick, is considered to be one of the most influential films of all time. For many years Arthur C. Clarke, along with Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asmiov, were considered the 'Big Three' of science fiction writing. Childhood's End tells the story of a peaceful alien invasion of earth, leading to many years of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. Childhood's End is often regarded as Clarke's best novel and the themes of transcendent evolution are present in his later works, including the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The story has also been adapted into radio and television shows.
In a blue cloth binding in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally generally smart, with bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Sunning to extremities. Boards slightly warped with staining to front board and foreedge. Offsetting to endpapers. Dustwrapper is sound with slight chipping and small closed tears to extremities. Creasing to the head and tail of the spine. Handling marks to the wrap. Internally firmly bound. Pages bright and clean with just some marginal age toning due to paper used.
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