First Editions of C. S. Lewis' Ransom Trilogy

    C. S. Lewis. The Ransom Trilogy, including: Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra; That Hideous Strength. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, [1938, 1943, 1945]. First editions. Together, three octavo volumes. [xii], 264, [4, ads]; 256; [476] pages. Each volume in publisher's original cloth binding and dust jacket except for Perelandra, which is in a facsimile jacket (Out of the Silent Planet is in Currey's "A" binding of brick red cloth and gilt lettering on spine). Some general rubbing and wear to jackets, Out of the Silent Planet's jacket is chipped at headcap with two closed tears, and has several vertical creases, and That Hideous Strength's jacket is chipped at the headcap. General rubbing and mild wear to bindings, some foxing to edge of text block. Out of the Silent Planet is skewed. Overall, a very good copy of this important series in jacket. Out of the Silent Planet is housed in a clamshell box.

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    The books comprising the space trilogy that Lewis referred to as an adult's fairy tale are rare enough to find individually but to find all three together in dust jackets must be considered a singular opportunity.

    Currey, p. 310.

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