The Human Age

First printings of Wyndham Lewis's tetralogy: The Childermass (1928), and The Human Age; Monstre Gai & Malign Fiesta (1955)


Wyndham Lewis, dustwrapper to The Human Age by Michael Ayrton


Chatto & Windus and Methuen, London, 1928
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Printing Details

1928 & 1955. First editions, two volumes (complete). Childermass: Bound in the original yellow cloth with red titling and border design. 21.5 × 14cm, 322pp. Human Age: Hardback in dustwrapper, 22 × 14.5cm, 566pp.

Wyndham Lewis's tetralogy, The Human Age, depicts the afterlife existence of various characters who must come to understand their condition in an apocalyptic landscape riven by Time Distortions. Pullman and Sattersthwaite, the two freshly deceased protagonists of The Childermass, observe and join in the jousting, linguistic and intellectual, that surrounds the Bailiff, a sort of doorkeeper who decides the eligibility of applicants to the Magnetic City (Heaven), but who, in Monstre Gai, leads them into what turns out to be the Third City, a Dystopia based on post-World War Two UK and its Welfare State. Finding life impossible there, they all make an extraterrestrial journey through "monstrous starlight" to Matapolis in Malign Fiesta...


Both books are in good readable condition, but with some wear. 1. Childermass: the covers and page edges have spotted foxing and some surface grubby marks but the main body of text is in good order. Human Age: the wrapper is slightly tatty to the edges, and there is a previous owner's name to the title page. The main body of text is in good order but the book has general overall wear.



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