First printing of the first published book in the Chronicles of Narnia, an allegorical journey through a fantasy world in the midst of World War II.
Very good in like jacket.
"It is not whimsical to say that Narnia is the inside of Lewis's mind, peopled with a rich enjoyment of old books and old stories and the beauties of nature, but always threatened by a terrible sense of loss, of love's frailty." – A.N. Wilson
Four children are evacuated to the English countryside during the Blitz and discover Narnia through an old wardrobe. Not completed until 1949, Lewis had been working on a draft at least since 1939, but some aspects have deeper roots. The story grew in part from a picture that came into his head in his teen years: a faun, carrying an umbrella and some parcels through a snowy wood. That very image is printed on the dust jacket of this first edition. A nice copy, especially desirable in the original dust jacket.
Read more: Wilson, C.S. Lewis: A Biography.
London: Geoffrey Bles, (1950). 7.75'' x 5.25''. Original full green cloth, silver-lettered spine. Original unclipped (8s. 6d. NET) grey pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes with color frontispiece and black-and-white vignettes throughout. 173,  pages. Jacket professionally restored at joints, spine and extremities. Patches of fading to book spine, as common with this title. Overall a bright copy that shows beautifully.
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