Sign In | Register
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke - First edition. - 1979 - from Rooke Books and

The Fountains of Paradise

by Arthur C. Clarke

Condition: Very Good/Dust Jacket Included

ont> Gollancz : London, 1979 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition.. The first edition of this award winning novel by noted science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. First edition, first impression in the original unclipped dustwrapper designed by Terry Oakes. 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. The Fountains of Paradise was described by Clarke as his best work, and tells the story of the construction of a space elevator developed in the 22nd century. The work was awarded both the Hugo and Nebula Award for Best Novel. Condition: In a blue cloth binding in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally in excellent condition with just some slight bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Slight sunning to the extremities and the head and tail of the spine. Dustwrapper is very smart, with just some marginal age toning and some slight wear to the extremities. Internally firmly bound. Pages bright and clean. Overall Condition: Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper.

The Fountains of Paradise is a Hugo and Nebula Award winning 1979 novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator. This "orbital tower" is a giant structure rising from the ground and linking with a satellite in geostationary at the height of approximately 36,000 kilometers (approx. 22,300 miles). Such a structure would be used to raise payloads to orbit without having to use rockets, making it much more cost-effective.

  • Bookseller: Rooke Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 055487
  • Title: The Fountains of Paradise
  • Author: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: Dust Jacket Included
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: ont> Gollancz : London
  • Date published: 1979


Review this book (Want a chance to win $50? Log-in or create an account first!) (You'll be automatically entered for a chance to win $50!)

Help & frequently asked questions


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:
Also known as book jacket, dust cover, or dust wrapper, a dust jacket is a protective and decorative cover for a book that is...[more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...[more]
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...[more]
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
The heel of the spine.

£ 190.00

£11.95 shipping to USA

More shipping options >

Banned and Frequently Challenged Books

Collecting Banned & Challenged Books

Build a revolutionary library of literature that has been challenged or even outright banned. You'll be surprised by some of the titles in this gallery!

Collecting Modern First Editions

Collect modern first editions

Biblio is showcasing the top book published every year starting in 1919. See if your favorite modern first edition made the list! Check out our collecting first editions by the year.