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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis

Bibliographic Description

1. First Edition Publication Information:

UK edition - 1950 , London: Geoffrey Bles, 8/6

US edition - 1950 , New York: Macmillan, $2.50


2. First Edition in Cloth, Paper, or Both?
Hardcover (cloth)


3. Image of Cover Art

UK edition cover art


4. Pagination

UK edition - 172 pages (numbered from title page)

US edition - 154 pages (numbered from start of Chapter One)


5. Edited and/or Introduced? Dedication?

Dedication: To Lucy Barfield

My dear Lucy, I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be

Your affectionate Godfather,

C. S. Lewis

6. Illustrations? Illustrator, number/extent of illustrations, medium, other information

Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. 25 b&w illustrations throughout book. One color frontispiece.

UK edition features one illustration the US edition does not.

 Aslan and Witch

7. Sample Illustration


 Tumnus and Lucy

8. General Appearance: size of cover, size of text

US edition -
Cover -  20 cm tall

Pages - Octovo, 19 1/2 cm tall, 1 cm thick

Text block - 15 1/2 cm on page


8.General physical appearance of book: typeface, size

US edition -
Type easily readable, 0.3cm tall

Font is mostly likely ITC New Baskerville


9. Image of Sample Page

text sample 


US 1959 copy (Sixth printing of first edition) - Paper is sturdy, smooth and in good shape.

11. Description of Binding

Original UK edition - Pale blue-green cloth-bound.

Titles in silver.

Spine text - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

Cover text - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Story for Children by C. S. Lewis

 series spines

12. Title Page Transcription

UK edition - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A Story for Children by C. S. Lewis. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes

London, Geoffrey Bles


US edition - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. A Story for Children by C. S. Lewis.

Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

The Macmillan Company, New York: 1959


Title page verso transcription:

UK edition - Printed in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner Ltd. Frome for Geoffrey Bles  Ltd.

52 Doughty Street London, W Cr

First published 1950


US edition - Copyright, 1950, by the Macmillian Company

All rights reserved. no part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publishers, except by a reviewer who wishes to quote in connection with a review written for inclusion in magazine or newspaper.

Sixth printing 1959

Printed in the United States of America


13. Image of Title Page (with colored frontispiece)

 title page

14. Manuscript Holdings

Manuscripts are said to be held at

Bodleian Library at Oxford.
Catte Street

Other CS Lewis papers and ephemera (including his wardrobe) are held at

Marion E. Wade Center
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187  USA


15. Other: Jacket copy, inscription, etc.

Some copies signed by illustrator on title page

signed copy