"ALL YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT OLD NARNIA IS TRUE"
LEWIS, C.S. Prince Caspian. London: Geoffrey Bles, (1951). Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic front endpapers, original dust jacket. $4200.
First edition of the second book in Lewis' beloved Chronicles of Narnia, with numerous illustrations by Pauline Baynes, including a color frontispiece.
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' second volume, the Pevensie siblings help Narnia's rightful ruler reclaim his throne. The Narnia tales rank "among the great classics of the [20th] century. Adored by children and academics alike, these books are extremely collectable, sought-after, scarce" (Connolly, 186). With illustrations by Pauline Baynes, including color frontispiece. Cotsen 6449.
Foxing to endpapers and last few leaves only; toning to cloth along upper edge. Dust jacket with minor rubs at corners, short closed tear at front flap fold. An extremely good copy.