"HOW ALL THE COMINGS AND GOINGS BETWEEN OUR OWN WORLD AND THE LAND OF NARNIA FIRST BEGAN"
LEWIS, C.S. The Magician's Nephew. London: Bodley Head, 1955. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of the sixth book published in C.S. Lewis' cherished Narnia series, with illustrations by Pauline Baynes.
Lewis was a "hugely prolific writer in almost every field imaginable: philosophy, religion, literary criticism, science fiction, poetry-and a series of books for children that rank among the great classics of the century. Adored by children and academics alike, the Narnia books are extremely collectable, sought-after, scarce" (Connolly, 186). The sixth in this series to be published, The Magician's Nephew tells the beginnings of the story. "The Narnia 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" (Carpenter & Prichard, 370).
Book near-fine, with only minor discoloration to endpapers, a few very faint spots of foxing to extremities, and small unobtrusive dampstain to edge of rear board. Dust jacket extremely good, with minor soiling mainly to rear panel, slight foxing and light wear to extremities, and minor toning and small dampstain to spine. An extremely good copy.