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Subject: any recommendations for a hardcover Narnia?
Date Posted: 4/26/2010 10:33 PM ET
Member Since: 3/10/2010
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(I realize the Narnia books aren't exactly "hidden" gems, but I'm beginning to think that a good hardcover version just might be! I posted this request on the "children's books" forum a couple weeks ago and didn't get a response, so I'm hoping this forum might be more widely read....)

I'm looking for a hardcover version of the Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis), and I was hoping somebody might have a recommendation. Here's specifically what I'm trying to find:

-All 7 books (unabridged) in one volume

-All the Pauline Baynes illustrations

-no "movie covers" (i.e. pictures from any of the movies)

-no essays or other text - just the books themselves!

A lot of the editions I've seen on Amazon are "adult" editions that omit some or all of the illustrations, popular versions with movie covers, editions that include extra notes/essays, or just postings that have no details listed. So if anyone is personally familiar with a good hardcover edition, I'd love to hear your recommendation! And if you don't know of a single-volume edition that meets the above criteria, but know of a good box set w/all 7 books in hardcover, I'd be open to those recommendations too.

Thanks for your help! :-)

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 11:43 AM ET
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I saw an interesting leather bound Chronicles of Narnia book at Barnes and Noble. I don't know what kind of illustrations it has (if any) since the book was wrapped in plastic.


Date Posted: 5/4/2010 5:40 PM ET
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Thanks so much for the recommendation - this is great! It doesn't have quite all the illustrations (just the ones at the beginning of the chapters); and it does include some excerpts from "Beyond the Wardrobe" at the end, but those excerpts actually add to the text in a good way. It's really a beautiful edition and seems well worth getting, at least until somebody prints a 7-in-1 with all the illustrations, which I'm beginning to think might not actually exist right now :-)  Anyway, thank you!