Bibliographic Description | Publication
History | Biography
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis
1. First Edition Publication Information:
UK edition - 1950 , London: Geoffrey Bles, 8/6
US edition - 1950 , New York: Macmillan, $2.50
First Edition in Cloth, Paper, or Both?
3. Image of Cover Art
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.
7. Sample Illustration
8. General Appearance: size of cover, size of text
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
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
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)
14. Manuscript Holdings
Manuscripts are said to be held at
Bodleian Library at Oxford.
Other CS Lewis papers and ephemera (including his wardrobe) are held at
Marion E. Wade Center
Wheaton, IL 60187 USA
15. Other: Jacket copy, inscription, etc.
Some copies signed by illustrator on title page