“FARTHER UP AND FARTHER IN!”:THE FINAL VOLUME OF LEWIS’ ACCLAIMED CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
LEWIS, C.S. The Last Battle. London: Bodley Head, (1956). Octavo, original light blue cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of the final book in Lewis’ beloved fantasy series.
Lewis’ cherished Chronicles of Narnia “must be judged the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author” (Carpenter & Prichard, 370). In this, the series’ seventh and final volume, many characters familiar from previous books return to join an epic conflict between good and evil. “The Last Battle has all the quality of the ‘twilight of the gods’ (one of Lewis’ earliest experiences) transformed, though not right away, by the Christian hope of eucatastrophe, Tolkien’s term for the ‘joyous sudden turn’ of a fairy tale… Lewis is working in the white heat of his artistry… The story has a life of its own and it moves easily through the eschatological themes of death, judgment, hell and heaven. It is not only the fitting conclusion to the Chronicles: given Lewis’ Christian faith, it is their only possible conclusion” (Ford, xxxiv).
Dust jacket with light toning to spine. An exceptional copy, about-fine.