Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, Inscribed by C. S. Lewis

By: C. S. Lewis

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Printed Book




London, (England)




Printed on Paper


8 × 5.7 × 0.9 in. (20.5 × 14.5 × 2.3 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on View

Though it was written by C. S. Lewis in 1949, before the first book, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was released, it was the second book published in the series. Recent editions of The Chronicles of Narnia are set in chronological order, placing Prince Caspian as volume four. It features the return of the Pevensie children, the protagonists of the first novel, to Narnia. Lewis intended his books to teach children about the Christian faith by creating an imaginary world where characters embodied biblical themes. This first edition, first impression is inscribed, “To the Harwich Boys, with much affection,” and signed by C. S. Lewis.

Printed in 1951 by Geoffrey Bles, London. Acquired by the Harwich boys.[1] Acquired by Dr. Edwin Brown (1926–2015); Purchased after 2013 by Andrew Stimer, Camarillo, California;[2] Privately purchased in 2014 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2015 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry), under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] C.S. Lewis inscribed the title page, “To the Harwich Boys, with much affection.” It is unclear who these boys were or if Lewis gifted the book to them. [2] Information from Stimer states he purchased this work from Dr. Edwin Brown, an avid reader and collector of Lewis’s works. Brown sold the majority of his collection to a library in 2013, and Stimer purchased the remaining Lewis material afterward.

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