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The Kouwenberg C.S. Lewis and Friends Collection

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Considered a classic of children’s literature consisting of seven fantasy novels set in the fictional realm of Narnia with magic, mythical beasts and talking animals.

Collection consists of Geoffrey Bles publisher file copies: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950), Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951), The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952), The Silver Chair (1953), and The Horse and His Boy (1954).

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: A Story for Children 

First title in The Chronicles of Narnia that introduces Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie who are relocated to an old country house following a wartime evacuation. Lucy enters a wardrobe and discovers the magical world of Narnia. The siblings find themselves adventuring to save Narnia and their own lives.

Published by Geoffrey Bles, London in 1950, First UK Edition, First Printing, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

Publisher stamp in black ink with corrections to page 34 and check marks in pencil beside the illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Title has the seventh impression dustjacket.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe front cover

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Cover, 1950 UK First Edition

Letter to Lucy Barfield

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Dedication Page, p.5 (File Copy stamp)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, p.26 (check mark beside images)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, p. 34 (shows correction)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Third title in The Chronicles of Narnia where Edmund and Lucy along with their cousin Eustuce Scrubb enter Narnia and are reunited with friend, King Caspian X. Together they journey on the ship, the Dawn Treader to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia.


Published by Geoffrey Bles, London in 1952, First UK Edition, First Printing, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

Publisher stamp in black ink with a letter laid in from publisher Penquin Book Ltd, Puffin & Peacock Books editor Kaye Webb dated 22 March 1965, and reads:

“Dear Mr. Gibb, I am now returning herewith your file copy of THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER which you were kind enough to lend us in connection with the production of our own edition. Thank you very much. Yours sincerely, Doreen Scott, Secretary to Kaye Webb.”

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Cover

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Cover, 1952 UK First Edition

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 1965 Letter

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 1965 Letter

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Cover (File Copy)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, End Paper

The Silver Chair

Fourth title in The Chronicles of Narnia and is set primarily in the world of Narnia, decades after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, King Caspian X is now an old man, but his son and only heir, Prince Rilian, is missing. Aslan the lion sends two children from England to Narnia on a mission to resolve the mystery.


Published by Geoffrey Bles, London in 1953, First UK Edition, First Printing, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

Silver Chair Cover 1953 UK First Edition

The Silver Chair, Cover, 1953 UK First Edition

SilverChair Lewis 1953 UKFirstEdition

The Silver Chair, Dedication Page (File Copy stamp)