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The Chronicles of Narnia first edition set: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, The Last Battle
Geoffrey Bles 1950-1956 - Geoffrey Bles 1950-1956, 1950. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Geoffrey Bles 1950-1956., London, 1950. First editions, first printings of each of the Chronicles of Narnia. Octavo, 7 Volumes. The set comprises of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, and The Last Battle. Each are in lovely condition in their original first edition jackets, without any restoration. First editions of all seven books in Lewis’ cherished Chronicles of Narnia, “intoxicating to all but the most relentlessly unimaginative of readers,” all in original dust jackets. Generally excellent condition. Lewis is likely best remembered for his beloved fantasy series, the Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis was "concerned to do for children what he had done for an adult readership in his science fiction to re-imagine the Christian story in an exciting narrative context [The Narnia books are] intoxicating to all but the most relentlessly unimaginative of readers, and must be judged the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author" (Carpenter & Pritchard, 370). "The stories are unforgettable not only for the excitement and suspense of the adventures but also for the strong emotions they describe so well [and they are] further enriched by Lewis' skillful use of language" (Silvey, 406). Unlike most fantasy series, "each book has something new and different to offer and there is no weakening of either inspiration or interest" (Eyre, 132). All seven books were "illustrated by Pauline Baynes in delightful fashion. She was also responsible for the now amazingly rare gray dust wrapper" of the first book (Cooper & Cooper, 206). "Adored by children and academics alike, these books are extremely collectible, sought-after and scarce" (Connolly, 186). Fantasy and Horror 5-176. The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe is first edition, first printing. DJ is price clipped, but in very good condition. The book is clean on the inside, with only minor spotting to the endpapers, and some fading along the spine of the original light green cloth as one normally expects. Overall, it is a very good - not fine - complete collection of the Chronicles of Narnia, very affordable and a great starters set (with better retention of future value unlike rebound sets). Complete first edition sets of the Narnia books are increasingly scarce and most desirable. This set is priced to sell. Especially, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and the Silver Chair are extremely rare and valuable and can command in a fair market the entire purchase price. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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