New York: Dell Publishing Co., c.1979. Boxed Set. 3 vols., 12mo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, original illustrated paper-board slipcase.
Mass-market paperback boxed set of L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy" (which eventually became a quintet), chronicling the adventures of young heroine Meg Murray and her precocious brother Charles's journey through space and time to rescue their father from evil. Held at #23 on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000 due to its ostensible "anti-Christian" content, in reality the series is rife with positive religious and allegorical themes (L'Engle herself was Christian, inspired by C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia). Considered by many to be a childhood treasure, the series broaches weighty concepts not typically present in children's books, such as the forces of good and evil, the divine, and love's inevitable triumph. An exhilarating adventure and its lessons forever essential, L'Engle's trilogy still serves today as a touchstone for both children and adults. Later printing of each volume. Minor rubbing to spine-ends; original slipcase with light wear and soiling. Near fine. Item #1651