A First Edition, [First Printing] of 'The Magician's Nephew: A Story for Children' by C. S. Lewis et al. in Fine condition in a Fine condition dust jacket published by The Bodley Head in 1955.
First Edition, [First Printing]
Book edition identified by: 1) publisher's imprint information states 'First published 1955' and 2) no later editions or printings stated in the publisher's imprint information. Dust jacket edition identified by: 1) blurb and priced '8s 6d net' on the front flap with the code '3/3275' and 2) lists a list of Narnia books ending with (forthcoming) 'The Last Battle' on the lower panel.
A very tidy copy, in a very tidy dust jacket. All notable faults: Book has minor lean of the spine. Dust jacket has one closed tear at the foot of the upper panel, minor wear at the head of the spine and corners and some light marks on the lower panel.
Lewis, C. S. [Clive Staples] Illustrator: Pauline [Diana] Baynes
C. S. [Clive Staples] Lewis (1898 to 1963)—Irish-born, British novelist, academic medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, probably best known for his fiction, especially The Chronicles of Narnia, and to a lesser degree The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy and Pauline [Diana] Baynes (1922 to 2008)—An English book illustrator born in Hove, probably best known for illustrations in the major works of C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia, Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Smith of Wootton Major, Tree and Leaf and Bilbo's Last Song) and J. R. R. Tolkien (some editions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit).
Octavo (20-25 cm high). 183 printed pages in publisher's original green cloth with silver 'The Magician's Nephew' on the spine, 'C. S. Lewis' and 'The Bodley Head' on the spine, in dust jacket. Contains black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes.
The Bodley Head, London, 1955
Bodley Head—(Founded in 1887) An English publishing house founded by John Lane and Elkin Mathews. It is currently and imprint of Random House. [McBride page 23] [Zempel and Verkler page 56].
A prequel to The Lion the With and the Wardrobe, going back to the creation of Narnia and how evil entered it.
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