“Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia": First Edition of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Signed by Him

  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Item Number: 30017

London: Geoffrey Bles, 1950.

First edition of the first work in Lewis’ acclaimed Narnia series. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by C.S. Lewis on the front free endpaper. Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some professional restoration. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions signed by Lewis are rare.



The Chronicles of Narnia is "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). "Each book has something new and different to offer and there is no weakening of either inspiration or interest" (Eyre, 132). It is interesting that Lewis' inspiration came from a dream: "At first I had very little idea how the story would go. But then suddenly Aslan came bounding into it. I think I had been having a good many dreams of lions about that time[O]nce he was there, he pulled the whole story together, and soon he pulled the six other Narnian stories in after him (On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature, 1980). Lewis was "concerned to do for children what he had done for an adult readership in his science fiction to re-imagine thestory 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).