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Islands in the Sky by  Arthur C CLARKE - Signed First Edition - 1952 - from Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA and Biblio.com

Islands in the Sky

by CLARKE, Arthur C

Condition: Very Good/Fair


Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1952. Very Good/Fair. First edition. Small ownership label of Ian Macauley, some wear to the crown, very good in supplied dustwrapper with a small chip on the front board, a couple of tiny tears and some general wear at the extremities (along with the original tattered, poor dustwrapper). The Dedication Copy Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke to his protege, one-time secretary, and longtime friend Ian Macauley on the dedication page, underneath the printed dedication which reads: "For Ian From an Elizabethan to a Georgian," the written inscription follows: " --- this token of our friendship, until we meet again. Arthur. 19 Sept 1952." Clarke's first published hardcover novel, a story for adolescents. Macauley was an award-winning New York Times journalist who also edited Clarke's book of collected essays, Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! (2000). Clarke wrote the last chapter of Childhood's End while visiting Macauley in Atlanta in 1952, where he was reportedly greatly influenced by their discussions. Clarke's first hardcover novel, preceded only by Prelude to Space (1951), which was issued in paperback as Galaxy Science Fiction Novel #3.

Islands in the Sky is a science fiction novel written by Arthur C. Clarke, and published in 1952. It is one of his earliest and lesser known works. The book tells the story of Roy Malcolm, a young space enthusiast who wins a trip to the Inner Space Station by way of his knowledge of aviation on a game show. Once aboard, Roy learns the effects of zero-G with delight, and joins the mishaps and adventures of the young crew of the station.


  • Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 306980
  • Title: Islands in the Sky
  • Author: CLARKE, Arthur C
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: Fair
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: John C. Winston
  • Place: Philadelphia
  • Date published: 1952
  • Keywords: Association Copies, Science, Science-Fiction / Fantasy / Horror, Children's Books


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