Hard Cover. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1952. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. First edition, first printing. Publisher’s blue cloth with titles in silver to spine, map printed in blue to front endpapers; original red dust jacket with titles in white to front panel and spine, Dawn Treader ship illustration to front panel, Reepicheep the Mouse illustration to spine. Very good or better book with light spotting to front board and text block edges, light toning to spine and edges, previous owner’s inscription to verso of half-title; very good or better unclipped dust jacket with some toning to spine, short tears and a few nicks to spine ends, light spotting to panels, a few short closed tears to edges. Overall, an extremely bright copy with an unfaded spine. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third book in C. S. Lewis’ beloved Narnia series, begins with Edmund and Lucy Pevensie staying at their unpleasant cousin Eustace Scrubb’s residence. While examining a painting of a ship in the house, the three children are magically sucked into it and find themselves aboard the Dawn Treader, along with Prince Caspian and Reepicheep the Mouse. The group journeys to find the seven Lost Lords of Narnia, and Aslan’s Country at the edge of Narnia, facing numerous otherworldly obstacles along the way. The story is similar in form to an immram - a type of medieval Irish story originally recorded by monks in which a hero journeys across the sea and into the unknown. According to Lewis, each book in the Narnia series can be read as a unique Christian allegory, with Dawn Treader representing the “spiritual life,” primarily in the character of brave Reepicheep. Interestingly, Joni Mitchell references the novel in “The Dawntreader,” an atmospheric track off of her debut album, Song to a Seagull (1968).