“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. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $5500.
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 full-color frontispiece. Cotsen 6449.
Book with text-block slightly cocked, a few mild discolorations to cloth. Dust jacket with minor loss to spine ends and light rubbing to edges, fold of rear panel partly split. An attractive copy in extremely good condition.