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    C. S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia. London: Geoffrey Bles, [1950-1954] [and:] Bodley Head, 1955-1956. First editions, in original, unrestored dust jackets. Each volume signed by illustrator Pauline Baynes to the title page.
    The complete Chronicles in seven volumes, comprising:

    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. London: Geoffrey Bles, [1950]. First edition. Signed by the illustrator to the title page.

    Prince Caspian. The Return to Narnia. London: Geoffrey Bles, [1951]. First edition. Signed by the illustrator to the title page.

    The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader.' London: Geoffrey Bles, [1952]. First edition. Signed by the illustrator to the title page.

    The Silver Chair. London: Geoffrey Bles, [1953]. First edition. Signed by the illustrator to the title page.

    The Horse and his Boy. London: Geoffrey Bles, [1954]. First edition. Signed by the illustrator to the title page.

    The Magician's Nephew. London: Bodley Head, 1955. First edition. Signed by the illustrator to the title page.

    The Last Battle. A story for children. London: Bodley Head, 1956. First edition. Signed by the illustrator to the title page.

    Seven volumes. Octavo. Profusely illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Publisher's cloth; original dust jackets illustrated by Pauline Baynes. A few volumes with foot of spine just pushed. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe dust jacket price-clipped, Prince Caspian with light crease to the front flap of the dust jacket, The Silver Chair with dust jacket spine sunned and somewhat foxed. Housed together in a red cloth slipcase. All fine books with near fine to fine dust jackets.

    A truly stunning set, crisp, clean, and bright. The Chronicles of Narnia is considered a classic of children's literature, Lewis' best-selling creation, and hugely influential on both adult and children's fantasy to this day. However, despite its clear popularity, even during Lewis's lifetime, the author was openly skeptical that any cinematic adaptation could do the fantastical places, characters, and events of his stories justice.

    It wasn't until the 2000s that Lewis' estate granted approval for film adaptations, chiefly based on improvements in technology and a demo reel that was created of CGI animals to show how the final product might look. Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media co-produced The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, co-written and directed by Andrew Adamson. It was noted as a particularly faithful book adaptation and released to critical and commercial success, particular for Georgie Henley, who portrayed young Lucy Pevensie in the film. This film was followed by two more in the series, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Netflix is currently in a pre-production process to revive the series. The magic of a world through a wardrobe is that it is always expanding; in addition to the silver screen, the wonders of Narnia have also visited the stage, radio, television, and music and will likely to continue to unveil new adventures for us for many years to come.


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