'The Chronicles of Narnia' by C.S Lewis (1950-1956)

'The Chronicles of Narnia' by C.S Lewis (1950-1956)

For sale is a first edition set of the Narnia books by C.S Lewis (1950 through to 1956). The copy of 'The Silver Chair' has been signed by the illustrator Pauline Baynes to the title page. This set has been re-bound in finest Harmatan black goatskin leather, with specially commissioned marbled endpapers supplied by master marbler Freya Scott of Paperwilds.

 

Condition:

 

Externally -

 

Since the set has been recently rebound, the bindings are in like new condition without blemishes. 

 

Internally -

 

1) The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe: one or two very minor blemishes throughout the book. Very clean as a whole. Near fine condition.

2) Prince Caspian: contains the original map to the front which is in good condition. There is some marking to the half title page and the following couple of pages. There are some minor blemishes throughout the book. Near fine

3) The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader: contains the original map to the front which is in good condition. There is some foxing to the prelim and last couple of pages. Some minor foxing throughout. Very good condition.

4) The Silver ChairSigned by the illustrator Pauline Baynes. Contains the original endpaper to the front which shows some ghosting on one side making it darker than the other side. Previous owners name in ink to the half title page and the following page. Minor foxing to the very edges of the first 30 or so pages. Some larger staining to pages 136-139 (please ask for photos). Some foxing throughout. Good condition

5) The Horse And His Boy: contains the original endpaper with usual ghosting. The book is very clean and unmarked throughout. Near fine

6) The Magician’s Nephew: There are a few very minor marks throughout the book. Aside from the contents page this book is in near fine condition.

7) The Last Battle: In fine condition

 

Production details:

All seven books have been re-bound in finest full black goatskin leather which has been supplied by Harmatan and Oakridge, widely regarded as the finest book leather supplier in Europe. Each book comes in it’s own bespoke buckram covered slipcase. The books and the slipcases have been stamped with a design selected from the illustrations contained within that particular book. For example, The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe shows the iconic lamp-post which Lucy sees when first entering Narnia through the wardrobe. The books are stamped in gold and the slipcases are stamped in black.

Each book comes with a black silk marker ribbon, black and gold head and tail bands, hand sprinkled black ink page edges, blind tooled frames to the front and back boards, gold stamped title and author to the spine and gold tooled lines either side of the raised bands.

The hand marbled endpapers were commissioned especially for these books and come from master marbler Freya Scott at Paperwilds (UK). The endpapers are divided with leather ‘joints’, having these means that the front and back boards of the books can be opened fully without stressing the first and last pages. They also provide extra strength to the books. On four of the titles, the original map endpapers have been painstakingly removed and backed onto the new endpapers at the fronts of the books. Out of the seven first editions, only four ever had these maps.

All seven slipcases have been made from strong 3mm book board and covered with black, library archival buckram. Buckram is less prone to damage than other materials and can be wiped clean. The boxes have been lined with a dark grey suede material to compliment the greys in the endpaper design. The front side of each box has been stamped with the same design from the corresponding book, but this time in black. The reason for stamping the boxes is that each box is ever so slightly different in width. The stamping of the designs gives the owner less opportunity to potentially damage the books by forcing them into the wrong box.

Two sturdy trays have been constructed to hold all seven books and boxes together. One for the bottom and one for the top. They are also covered in black buckram and lined with grey suede. It is important to note that, although these trays are strong, they are not meant to be used as a carry case. They are purely for display purposes and to keep the books together. If they are used to carry the set as a whole then care must be taken that the boxes do not slide out.

 

A beautiful stylish set of one of the most popular children books of all time.

 

Please contact me to see more photos of this set.

    £10,000.00Price