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  • The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Anthony Boucher (editor);

    Anthony Boucher (editor); Asimov, C.S. Lewis, Shirley Jackson, Kit Reed et al

    Published by Ace, 1963

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    Soft cover. Condition: Very Good Plus. Ed Emshwiller (illustrator). 1st Edition. First paperback edition/printing (1963 Ace F-217) with (new) cover art by Emsh. Very Good Plus condition. Signed and dated by the kindly Kit Reed at her story "The Wait" on pg. 31!. Inscribed by Author(s).

  • Pritchett, V. S. ; Lewis, C. Day; Lehmann, Rosamond; Spender, Stephen; Etc.

    Published by Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1941

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    Softcover. Condition: Very Good-. First Edition. SIGNED by V. S. Pritchett by his article "The Way We Live Now - VI" on page 9. Edited by John Lehmann. Also contains entries by Philip Jordan, Stephen Spender, W. H. Auden, Joanna Franks, and others. Ships same or next business day. Spine is skewed, wrinkled, and lightly faded. Moderate edge wear. Slightly tanned on back cover. Small bumps and tears on spine ends. Front cover is lightly pulled away from text block. Light soiling, foxing, and tanning to edges of pages. Text is clean. Protected in archival bag. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 143 pages; Signed by Author.

  • Pritchett, V. S. ; Lewis, C. Day; Lewis, Alun; Lehmann, Rosamund; Etc.

    Published by Allen Lane / Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1941

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    Softcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition; First Printing. SIGNED by V. S. Pritchett by his entry "Many are Disappointed" on page 32. Also has entries by Stephen Spender, Frank Sargeson, James Stern, W. H. Auden, and others. Edited by John Lehmann. Ships same or next business day. Spine is tanned and slightly skewed. Moderate edge wear. Small bumps on spine ends. Pages are tanned. Light soiling to edges of pages. Text is clean. Protected in archival bag. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 144 pages; Signed by Author.

  • BENEDIKZ, B. S. (Edits), C. Day Lewis, C. P. Snow,

    Published by Dent,, London,, 1971

    ISBN 10: 0460039547ISBN 13: 9780460039543

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    Hardback. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket. Large 8vo. pp xi, 239. Original publisher's blue cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Signed presentation from Walter Allen on front endpaper, 'Max Golding, with best wishes Walter Allen. 20/10/71'. Very good+ in very slightly used, complete very good dust jacket. Signedes.

  • C. S. Lewis

    Published by HarperCollins, New York, 2007

    ISBN 10: 0061176125ISBN 13: 9780061176128

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Fine. No Jacket. Robert Sabuda (illustrator). First Edition - First Printing. A very fine copy in the original clear plastic pouch with the printed cover sheet. Presumed first edition, first printing, with no indication of additional printings to the copyright information at the rear panel. intricate, lovely, breathtaking pop up art by the master of the medium, Robert Sabuda, who has SIGNED this copy at the first panel. A special presentation of one of literatures treasured works. Scarce. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • Augury. An Oxford Miscellany of Verse &: WALLER, John; C.

    WALLER, John; C. S. Lewis; Edmund Blunden, & others - DOUGLAS, Keith, & Alec H. Hardie (eds.)

    Published by Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1940, 1940

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    First edition, first impression, signed five times and annotated by the poet John Waller, and with a publisher's compliments slip laid-in. Waller has signed his two poetic contributions, "Photograph Album" and "Ophelia"; added a barely legible original poem, signed, on the same page; annotated a Keith Douglas translation of Horace; and inscribed his prose piece "On the Nature of Poetry", in a perhaps drunken hand: "A little pupus hid of midterm, as I now realise. Yours respectfully, Sir John Stanier Waller, aged fifty now, 2 Sept 1962". After Oxford, Sir John Stanier Waller, 7th Baronet (1917-1995), would become an eccentric alcoholic war-poet posted in the Middle East. Though his military achievements were little esteemed (his greatest achievement was to lose a convoy of 23 trucks between Port Tewfiq and Cairo), his literary activity there was significant: he founded the Salamander Society (alongside the poet Keith Bullen) and launched Oasis: The Middle East Anthology of Poetry from the Forces in August 1943. He managed to confuse his military and literary priorities when, on his transferral to the Ministry of Information, he promoted as his sergeant-major the unlikely candidate of poet G. S. Fraser, qualified only by Waller's liking for his verses. After the war he published a number of well-received collections: The Merry Ghosts (1946), Crusade (1946), and The Kiss of Stars (1948); and, though his later creativity was slight, he was awarded the Keats Prize in 1974. Octavo. Original boards, titles to spine and front in black, illustration to from board in red. Spine a little tanned, light rubbing to extermities, small chip to head of spine, a very good copy indeed, sound and internally fresh.

  • C. S. Lewis (Herbert Palmer)

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. This is a first edition book (A Sword in the Desert) by Herbert Palmer. In the book is a full half-sheet note from Palmer to someone named Edgar. The note, transcribed below, is about Palmer's meeting with C. S. Lewis. The odd thing is that this note is hand written on the back of a typed note from C. S. Lewis to Palmer, arranging the meeting and signed by Lewis. Palmer lightly crossed out the typing and signature by Lewis! Then he used the other side. The paper shortage led to such things. Herbert Palmer introduced C. S. Lewis and Ruth Pitter, so a bit more about him. His dates are 1880-1961. He was a teacher, poet and literary critic. The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis show 14 letters from Lewis to Palmer starting in 1945 and ending in 1958. In Lewis's first letter to Palmer Nov 8, 1945, he tells Palmer that due to rationing Oxford is not allowing him to have visitors but as soon as that is lifted he wants Palmer to come for a visit. In Lewis's letter of April 9th, 1946 he invites Palmer for May 17th. The letter in this book is dated May 9th and changes the appointment to June 14th.Palmer's impression of Lewis, written here to Edgar, is very interesting. The text of the letter: Tuesday Dear Edgar I think I have remembered your Birthday to date this year. I spent a very exciting evening with Lewis the middle of June. He is not the ascetic people think - not a convivial Irishman. Looks something between a jolly priest and a country publican with a dash of St. Francis thrown in. A very good poet too. Which means that he has his feet very firm in the ground. We sat up till midnight reading our poems to one another.He doesn't like women, says all the women he knows are all saints or devils, chiefly devils. Hell, I presume (?), from his standpoint is chiefly populated by women.Love to May of Winifred. (?)Bert The typed letter from Lewis on the back (all crossed out with a single scribbly line: Magdalen College, Oxford,9th. May 1946.REF.46/265 Dear Mr. Palmer, Right. I have made it June 14th. Yours sincerely,C. S. Lewis [signed not typed] The half sheet is tipped in on the first blank page of the book with the top one inch glued to the page. On the copyright page there is a penciled arrow to the name Hon. Robert Gathorne-Hardy. Perhaps this is a clue to who Edgar is. The book is well worn but the binding is solid. Lacking a dust wrapper. Full refund if not satisfied. Shelley and Son Books specializes in C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & the Inklings. Signed by Lewis.

  • Transposition and Other Addresses (Signed first edition): C. S. Lewis

    C. S. Lewis

    Published by Geoffrey Bles, 1949

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    Flex covers. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY LEWIS. Five essays including The Weight of Glory. Signed by Lewis on the title page.Red flexible card stock covers with white text. 64 pp. Dust wrapper matches book covers.The book is beautiful - fine condition. Dust wrapper is very good with the worst problem being a 3/4" square chip out of the top left of the back cover. There is other general edge wear.Shelley and Son Books specializes in C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & the Inklings. Signed by author.

  • Christian Behaviour (Signed first edition): C. S. Lewis

    C. S. Lewis

    Published by Geoffrey Bles: The Centenaryy Press, 1943

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Signed first edition - Richard Adams copy.Signed by Lewis on the title page. During World War II Lewis did several series of radio talks on BBC. These were published in three books, this being the second of the series.London: Geoffrey Bles: The Centenary Press, 1943. Signed first edition.Orange cloth boards with black text on front cover and spine. 64 pp. Dust wrapper is green with off-white text. Book is in near-fine condition with a book plate inside the front cover. It is the book-plate of Richard Adams, author of Watership Down. The dust wrapper is also near fine with the back being lightly soiled.Full refund if not satisfied. Shelley and Son Books specializes in C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & the Inklings. Signed by author.

  • C. S. Lewis

    Published by Oxford University Press at the Clarendon Press, 1936

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. An important early title signed on the title page "Yours C. S. Lewis." Beautifully presented in a custom clamshell box which has an image of the front of the dust wrapper on the front of the box. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt text on the spine. 378 pp. Indexed. Brown 10. Hooper A4.This book is dedicated to Owen Barfield ". wisest and best of my unofficial teachers." The book is in VG condition with some wear on the extremities. The binding is solid. Lacking dust wrapper. (A facsimile dust jacket is included. It is of no value - just makes the book look better.) Full refund if not satisfied. Shelley and Son Books specializes in C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & the Inklings. Signed by Lewis.

  • C. S. Lewis

    Published by John Lane the Bodley Head, 1943

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good -. No Jacket. First Edition. Signed. SIGNED. FIRST EDITION. Brown 25. Hooper 13. Signed on the title page just below his name. This is the second novel in Lewis' cosmic trilogy. Blue cloth boards. The text on the spine has aged into a brown color.The book is VG-.  It is cocked and exterior wear with the spine being heavily faded.  No writing on the interior other than Lewis' signature.  Binding is tight.  Lacking dust wrapper except the front flap of the wrapper was torn away and is laid in. Full refund if not satisfied. Shelley and Son Books specializes in C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & the Inklings. Full refund if not satisfied. Signed by author.

  • The Magician's Nephew - SIGNED by Pauline: Lewis, C S

    Lewis, C S

    Published by London The Bodley Head 1955, 1955

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    A PERSONAL COPY OF PAULINE BAYNES WITH HER NEAT SIGNATURE, 'PAULINE DIANA BAYNES' TO THE HEAD OF THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. 'The Magician's Nephew' takes us back to the dawn of Narnian time and the day when the Beasts first talked, which was also the day when people from our world first went to Narnia." Chronologically the first work in 'The Chronicles of Narnia' but the sixth work to be published in the series. Illustrated with a coloured frontispiece and line drawings throughout by Pauline Baynes. Baynes had been the illustrator of choice for J. R. R. Tolkien who celebrated her work stating that 'she had reduced my text to a commentary on her drawings'. C. S. Lewis, one of 'The Inklings' alongside Tolkien, had chosen Baynes to illustrate the first of the 'Narnia' series after seeing her illustrations to 'Farmer Giles of Ham' and she would be the illustrator for the rest of the series. Lewis, however, was privately far more critical of her work and the pair would only ever meet three times. He stated to his friends that 'faces of her children were often "empty, expressionless and too alike' and that she 'couldn't draw lions' whilst in his letters to her he would praise her 'really excellent' drawings which had a 'wealth of vigorous detail' and that she illustrated 'each book a little bit better than the last'. Baynes had thought initially that Lewis 'was, to me, the most kindly and tolerant of authors - who seemed happy to leave everything in my completely inexperienced hands!' and was deeply hurt on discovering his comments about her in a 1988 biography of him. Pauline Baynes would retain this humility throughout her life and despite this, her illustrations to 'The Chronicles of Narnia' remain, as with all great works, instantly recognisable. They have never been bettered. This copy, we believe, is one of her personal copies. Research tells us that she has signed her name in the same place as she had in other books in her library. When signing copies of her illustrated books for presentation, Baynes tended to sign beneath her illustrations or to the title page. Copies signed by Baynes of any of the first editions in the series are exceptionally scarce in any form and this is a very good copy indeed.

  • C. S. Lewis

    Published by John Lane The Bodley Head, 1945

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. The book is signed by Lewis on the title page.This is the third book in Lewis' cosmic trilogy and he acknowledges debt to Olaf Stapledon. Lewis considered it a book fiction that correlated to his nonfiction book Abolition of Man. This story takes place on earth and thus some people are reluctant to call this trilogy by Lewis a "space" trilogy. Brown 31. Hooper 16. Black cloth boards with gilt text on the spine. 476 pp. Artistic dust wrapper with yellow text. The book is near fine with a bit of dust foxing on the top and fore edges. The wrapper is VG+ with some wrinkling at the bottom of the back cover. Full refund if not satisfied. Shelley and Son Books specializes in C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & the Inklings. Signed by Lewis.

  • C. S. Lewis

    Published by John Lane The Bodley Head, 1938

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. The dust wrapper is first state with the price of 7s 6d and no mention of "first cheap edition." Signed by Lewis on the title page. Maroon cloth boards with gold text on the spine and red top stain. 264 pp. plus four pages of advertising. Illustrated dust wrapper by Harold Jones.The book is VG with a slight cock and wear at edges. No ownership marks. The dust wrapper is professionally restored, VG+ condition. Full refund if not satisfied. Shelley and Son Books specializes in C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & the Inklings. Signed by Lewis.

  • Browne, Thomas. [C.S. Lewis]

    Published by Chapman & Hall, Ltd [1911], London, 1911

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    C.S. Lewis' copy of Browne's celebrated 17th century "confession of Christian faith qualified by an eclectic and generally skeptical attitude" (The Oxford Companion). Octavo, original boards, paper spine label, gilt vignette to the front panel, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Browne. British author and theologian C.S. Lewis' copy with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper, "C.S. Lewis April 1919", underlines, marks, and footnotes to several pages, most notably a lengthy quote from The Confessions of St. Augustine to page 29: "(1) Et eunt homines mirari alta montium et ingentes fluctus maris et latissimos lapsus fluminum et oceani ambitum et gynos siderum et relinquunt se ipsos nec mirantur. (Augustin.Conf.X.viii.15). Cf Davies Nosce Teipsum. Introd.p.49", which translates as: "People go off to marvel at the height of mountains and the great waves of the sea and the broad courses of rivers, and the flow of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars: but they neglect themselves", which Lewis has added as a footnote to the passage, "we carry with us the wonders we seek without us: there is all Africa and her prodigies in us "(1)" We are that bold and adventurous piece of nature, which he that studies wisely learns, in compendium, what others labour at in a divided piece and endless volume." Lewis has also noted "Antimonies p. 41" on the verso of the rear endpaper and left marginal pencil marks next to several passages including, "As for those wingy mysteries in divinity and airy subtleties in religion which have unhinged the brains of better heads, they have never stretched the pia mater of mine. Methinks there be not impossibilities enough in religion for an active faith; the deepest mysteries ours contains have not only been illustrated, by maintained, by syllogism and the rule of reason" and "There is therefore some other hand that twines the thread of life than that of nature: we are not only ignorant in antipathies and occult qualities: our ends are as obscure as our beginnings: the line of our days is drawn by night, and the various effects therein by a pencil that is invisible." Regarded by many as one of the most influential Christian apologists of his time, C.S. Lewis has been referred to as "The Apostle to the Skeptics" due to his early approach to religious belief as a sceptic, and his following conversion. Lewis was very interested in presenting an argument from reason against metaphysical naturalism and for the existence of God. His works Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, and Miracles were all concerned, to one degree or another, with refuting popular objections to Christianity. His autobiography, Surprised by Joy, recounted his conversion and his most famous work, Chronicles of Narnia contained strong allegorical Christian messages. In near fine condition. A remarkable example linking two great intellectual theologians and exhibiting Browne's direct influence on Lewis' thinking. First published in 1643 after an unauthorized version was distributed the previous year, Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici became an instant best-seller upon publication and has remained remarkably influential throughout the centuries. Structured upon the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and in many ways a psychological self-portrait, the text served to express Browne's beliefs in the doctrine of sola fide, the existence of hell, the Last Judgment, the resurrection and other tenets of Christianity with the use of scientific imagery to illustrate religious truths and exhibit the relationship between science and religion. One of the four founding fathers of John Hopkins Hospital and "the father of modern medicine", William Osler is said to have learned Religio Medici by heart, Virginia Woolf regarded it as the basis for all future confessionals and memoirs, and Carl Jung cited it many times throughout his writings.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia', UK first edition: Lewis, C.S.

    Lewis, C.S.

    Published by Geoffrey Bles; Bodley Head, 1950

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    Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. C.S. Lewis (1950-56) 'The Chronicles Of Narnia', first editions, first printings, published by Geoffrey Bles (first five volumes) and Bodley Head (last two volumes). 'The Silver Chair' is signed by the illustrator Pauline Baynes. Beautifully rebound in finest goatskin leather by Richard Tong, a prize winning binder and publisher. Condition: since the set has been rebound recently the bindings are in like new condition without blemishes. The books have been rebound with the intention to be read and handled and due to the highest quality materials used the books will look like this for decades to come subject to normal reading use. Internally, the books are in very good to near fine condition. In detail: 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 for the harshest of judges. 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 Chair: Signed 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 (see 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 by Richard Tong, a prize winning binder and publisher from Shropshire, in finest full black goatskin leather which has been supplied by Harmatan and Oakridge, widely regarded as the finest book leather suppliers 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 when Lucy sees first when 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 come from master marbler Freya Scott at Paperwilds (UK). The endpapers are divided with leather 'joints', these mean 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 carefully 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. Two sturdy trays have been constructed to hold books together. First and Fine. Signed by Illustrator(s).

  • Lewis, C.S

    Published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, 1943

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    First edition of the final novel in Lewis' acclaimed Space Trilogy. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by C.S. Lewis to fellow writer and journalist George Orwell and his wife (Eric and Eileen Blair) on the front free endpaper, "To the Blairs, with kind regards, C.S. Lewis Aug. 1945." This is the review copy used in George Orwell's literary review of the book which was published in the Manchester Evening News on August 16th 1945. Also with three hand-corrections to the text in Lewis' hand which he made in all review copies before personally sending to critics. Although Lewis and Orwell were not close friends, both were employed as radio journalists by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) during WWII, an era that transformed both religious broadcasting (in which Lewis became a primary figure) and war correspondence (Orwell's experience as a correspondent working out of the basement of the BBC during wartime was a major inspiration for his masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four). Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morrocco clamshell box. A remarkable association. According to biographer A. N. Wilson, Lewis began The Space Trilogy after a conversation with J.R.R. Tolkien in which both men lamented the state of contemporary fiction. They agreed that Lewis would write a space-travel story, and Tolkien would write a time-travel one. Tolkien's story only exists as a fragment, published in The Lost Road and other writings (1987) edited by his son Christopher. "[Lewis's] book describes the struggle of a little group of sane people against a nightmare that nearly conquers the world. A company of mad scientists - or, perhaps, they are not mad, but have merely destroyed in themselves all human feeling, all notion of good and evil - are plotting to conquer Britain, then the whole planet, and then other planets, until they have brought the universe under their control. All superfluous life is to be wiped out, all natural forces tamed, the common people are to be used as slaves and vivisection subjects by the ruling caste of scientists, who even see their way to conferring immortal life upon themselves. Man, in short, is to storm the heavens and overthrow the gods, or even to become a god himself - George Orwell, Manchester Evening News, 1945.

  • Autograph Letter Signed: LEWIS, C.S. [CLIVE

    LEWIS, C.S. [CLIVE STAPLES]

    Published by np, Oxford, 1952

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    nb. Condition: Very Good. First edition. ONE OF THE FINEST C.S. LEWIS LETTERS TO APPEAR ON THE MARKET, OFFERING INSIGHT INTO THE CREATION OF THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. WITH MENTION OF TOLKIEN'S "THE HOBBIT" AS A FAVORITE BOOK. Between the publication of the second (Prince Caspian) and third (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) books in his masterpiece series, "The Chronicles of Narnia," Lewis writes to a group of school children, revealing his thoughts about the series and his plans for the remaining books. Over the course of the letter, Lewis: -regrets that Peter and Susan are not returning to Narnia ("they are now getting to the age at which people stop having that sort of adventure for a time"); -offers a preview of the new book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ("Lucy and Edmund find Caspian (now King of course) on board ship, sailing to the Eastern end of the Narnian world. There will be lots about Reepicheep. And there will be a Sea Serpent, and a Dragon, and lots of strange islands."); -announces that there will be seven books in the series and that they will be called "The Chronicles of Narnia"; -discusses the sixth book (revealing that the Professor must have known all along about the existence of the magic wardrobe); -tantalizingly reveals that the series is very much a work in progress, and that he does not yet know how it will end ("I don't know yet what will happen in the seventh. What do you think would be a good thing to end the whole series with? Of course Aslan will come into them all."); -lists some books he particularly likes, including Tolkien's The Hobbit and Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. The letter reads in full: Magdalen College Oxford May 22. 1952 My dear grittletonians - Thanks for your nice and interesting letters. Like you, I am sorry that Peter and Susan are not going back to Narnia, but I think, being the two eldest, they are now getting to the age at which people stop having that sort of adventure for a time - they may start having it again later, but not for some years. The new book is called The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Lucy and Edmund find Caspian (now King of course) on board ship, sailing to the Eastern end of the Narnian world. There will be lots about Reepicheep. And there will be a Sea Serpent, and a Dragon, and lots of strange islands. I do hope you will all like it. I intend to have seven of these stories altogether - that is, four more after the next one. They will be called The Chronicles [page break] of Narnia. The sixth ['fifth' deleted and corrected] book will go right back to the beginning and explain how there came to be that magic wardrobe in the Professor's house - for of course you will have guessed that the old Professor must have known something about things like that himself, or else he would never have believed what the children told him. I don't know yet what will happen in the seventh. What do you think would be a good thing to end the whole series with? Of course Aslan will come into them all. I wonder what other books you all like. I like George MacDonald's two Curdy books and Tolkien's The Hobbit, and [Kenneth Grahame's] The Wind in the Willows. Do you write stories yourselves? I did at your age: it is the greatest fun. Love and good wishes to all. Yours ever, [signed] C.S. Lewis P.S. E. Nesbitt's works are splendid, I think: especially The Phoenix and the Wishing Carpet and The Amulet. ----------- The recipients of the letter, the "Grittletonians", were schoolchildren attending Grittleton House School in Wiltshire who had (apparently) written a fan letter to Lewis. Note: This letter has only recently surfaced and is not in Lewis's Collected Letters. Oxford: May 22, 1952. Two pages (one sheet), 5.5x8.5 inches; custom presentation folder. Top edge a little rough (where the sheet was originally cut), expected folds. A REMARKABLE LETTER: LEWIS LETTERS DISCUSSING ASPECTS OF HIS NARNIA SERIES ARE EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE.