“ASLAN IS ON THE MOVE”: FIRST EDITION OF THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
LEWIS, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950. Octavo, original teal cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of the first volume in Lewis’ acclaimed Chronicles of Narnia, a “story of high imaginative adventure, told with great beauty” (Meigs, 480).
“The immediate inspiration for [The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe] was a series of nightmares that Lewis had about lions. More seriously, he was concerned to do for children what he had done for an adult readership in his science fiction trilogy… The [Narnia] novels are not allegorical; they are entirely in keeping with the belief, shared by Lewis and his close friend and Oxford colleague Tolkien, that stories in themselves, especially of the mythical type, can give spiritual nourishment without imparting abstract meaning… As Naomi Lewis has written, the books are ‘intoxicating’ to all but the most relentlessly unimaginative readers, and must be judged the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author” (Children’s Literature, 370). “Adored by children and academics alike, these books are extremely collectable, sought-after, scarce… and worth every penny” (Connolly, 186). With color frontispiece and numerous black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Currey, 251. Owner signature.
Book with a bit of sunning to extremities, dust jacket expertly restored (primarily to rear panel) with slightest soiling. An extremely good copy. Quite scarce.