Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength in their Original Dust Jackets
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength.
Item Number: 70049
London: The Bodley Head, 1951.
Early printings of each novel in Lewis’ acclaimed Space Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth, three volumes. Near fine in near fine dust jackets with light rubbing. Uncommon in their original jackets and in this condition.
The Space Trilogy or Cosmic Trilogy is a series of science fiction novels by C. S. Lewis, famous for his later series The Chronicles of Narnia. A philologist named Elwin Ransom is the hero of the first two novels and an important character in the third. The trilogy was inspired and influenced by David Lindsay's A Voyage to Arcturus. According to biographer A. N. Wilson, Lewis wrote the novel after a conversation with J.R.R. Tolkien in which both men lamented the state of contemporary fiction. They agreed that Lewis would write a space-travel story, and Tolkien would write a time-travel one. Tolkien's story only exists as a fragment, published in The Lost Road and other writings (1987) edited by his son Christopher.