NY: Ballantine Books, (1953). First edition. One of Clarke's most famous novels, and considered by many to be one of his best. A Golden Age tale about the evolution of the human race and its joining the other advanced races of the galaxy. Recipient of the 2004 Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel and ranked number 9 on Pringle’s list of the 100 best science fiction novels, Childhood’s End “gained praise from C.S. Lewis, among others, for its deft blend of hard science and religious mysticism.” Dust wrapper spine a bit toned, with some faint creasing from the spine onto the back panel and a few faint spots of wear, else a near fine copy. Item #21696
(Barron 3-44; Pringle 9).