The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham 1951 | 1st Edition


  • Author: John Wyndham
  • Publisher: Doubleday & Co, New York, 1951
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Dust Jacket

First edition, first printing. Stated “First edition” on the copyright page. Blue cloth, spine very slightly sunned, binding tight, interior clean, unmarked. DJ lightly soiled on rear panel, not affecting colors, light wear on head/tail of spine. Small tear/creases on front panel. A near Fine copy in a Good or better DJ.


The classic postapocalyptic thriller with “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare” (The Times, London).
Triffids are odd, interesting little plants that grow in everyone’s garden. Triffids are no more than mere curiosities—until an event occurs that alters human life forever.
What seems to be a spectacular meteor shower turns into a bizarre, green inferno that blinds everyone and renders humankind helpless. What follows is even stranger: spores from the inferno cause the triffids to suddenly take on a life of their own. They become large, crawling vegetation, with the ability to uproot and roam about the country, attacking humans and inflicting pain and agony.
William Masen somehow managed to escape being blinded in the inferno, and now after leaving the hospital, he is one of the few survivors who can see. And he may be the only one who can save his species from chaos and eventual extinction . 

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