Doris Lessing — Canopus in Argos, the first three volumes in 1st EDITION

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“Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta” tells the secret history of Earth from the perspective of the advanced Canopus civilisation that is thinking in eons rather than centuries. The history spans from the very beginning of life into a future World War Three. It includes the trial of all Europeans for the crimes of colonialism, “The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five” depicts the influence of unknown higher powers on interactions between a series of civilizational “zones” of varying degrees of advancement that encircle the planet Earth. One zone is representative of an overtly feminine high civilisation initially coupled by royal marriage to a militant and male civilisation. The novel culminates with the latter, male, civilisation allying with a tribal female realm again following directives from Canopus, and “The Sirian Experiments ” focuses, like Shikasta, on the history of Earth, but from the perspective of visitors from Sirius rather than Canopus. The Sirians are depicted as a highly managed society, with fascist overtones, that attempts experiments on lesser civilisations while trying to mitigate the stagnation of their ruling class. The story is told from the perspective of Ambien II, one of a peer group of five who rule Sirius”


The Canopus in Argos: Archives Series Volume 1, 2, and 3: Shikasta (1979), The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (1980), and The Sirian Experiments (1980). All in FIRST EDITION. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979, 1980. Three volumes set, all in the original publishers hardcover, with the original unclipped and only slightly worn, dustjackets. 365, 245, 288 pp. Tiny stamp to bottomedge of vol 1 and 3 and some edgewear to jackets, all books are clean inside – in all a very good attractive set

First edition (s), 1st printing

Doris Lessing — Canopus in Argos, the first three volumes in 1st EDITION