C.S. Lewis – The Magician’s Nephew – First Edition 1955 – SIGNED by Pauline Baynes

C.S. Lewis – The Magician’s Nephew – First Edition 1955 – SIGNED by Pauline Baynes

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C.S. Lewis – The Magician’s Nephew – First Edition 1955 – SIGNED by Pauline Baynes

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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.

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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.

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