WYNDHAM, John. The Day of the Triffids. London: Michael Joseph, 1951.
8vo., original green cloth lettered in silver to spine; with pictorial dust wrapper designed by Patrick Gierth; pp. 302, [ii]; text block lightly yellowed; with upper edge a trifle dusty; wrapper unclipped, with some bumps to corners, small tears to head and foot of spine wrapper; two of which have been unobtrusively repaired with tape interally; small previous ownership sticker to front paste down; still a very good copy retaining much of its original colour.
First edition of Wyndham's most famous novel, influenced, as freely admitted by Wyndham himself, by H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds.
Day of the Triffids tells the story of a meteorite shower which blinds the majority of the population of earth. The survivors are then faced with the Triffids – giant plant-like creatures which grow to over seven feet tall, walk on their root systems and can kill from one touch of their poisonous stings. It was the basis for two films, a 1962 feature film produced by George Pitcher and Philip Yordan, directed by Steve Sekely, and starring Howard Keel and Nicole Maureyand and a 1981 made-for-television movie.
The novel established Wyndham as an author, and remains his most popular novel to date. It also seems to anticipate bio-warfare and mass destruction fifty years before their realization, with a touch of Cold War paranoia.