The Chronicles of Narnia
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I'm assuming this was previously published by FS. Tough to resist since I have two young children.
Though I imagine I'm not the only one who will rearrange them into their correct publication order instead of the chronological order they appear to come in.
I have the original Folio edition which I bought to replace my old paperbacks. The illustrations are like old friends; Pauline Baynes is to Narnia what Ernest Shepard is to Pooh. Lewis was familiar with the artist's work through her illustrations for Tolkien. The FS edition has the original uncoloured drawings, although Ms Baynes later coloured them and these are available elsewhere.
I actually like the look of the new bindings better than the old green ones which I have.
P.S. I agree with petertemplar about rearranging the order!
I agree with rearranging them into publication order rather than chronological. I'm not too tempted by this set as I don't overly like the colour and look of the covers, but I do intend to get a set at some point that has each book in a separate volume so I can do that. I have a set that I've had as long as I can remember (it was apparently a gift from my grandparents at some point in the late 90s), but it's in 3 volumes (split 3, 2, 2), so I'm not able to rearrange it.
Of course, I still won't be getting rid of that set, as it was an important part of my childhood and has strong personal significance.
Weird - I am in the States and I can see it... However - I cannot see if from my "Clean" browser (never logged in the Folio site from there so it does not carry any cookies and so on). So I think it is just for members (for now).
Had you renewed this year?
>3 boldface: I agree: I've got the set with the older covers, and, from what I've seen, prefer the new ones too. That's happened few times: I much prefer the second set of covers for the Keeping illustrated Dickens set, and the newer covers for the Bronte set (I liked the green silk, but it faded horribly).
Can't agree about the order though: definitely The Magician's Nephew first!
I joined FS just today. I've ordered the Tolkien books as my joining offer and To Kill a Mockingbird. As soon as I did that the Naria books showed up for me. They were not there prior to me joining. Are you a member?
Off topic, but having just read Carpenter's biography on The Inklings, it's interesting that Tolkien thought the the Narnia tales 'Just wouldn't do". He considered them rushed and full of loose ends.
See Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis for Michael Ward's theory that the Narnia books are based on the symbolism of the medieval cosmos: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Previous theories have concentrated on Christian symbols which explains why Tolkien and others couldn't understand why Father Christmas could appear in the same story as the Christ-like Aslan. If you interpret The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a story imbued with the Jovial qualities of the medieval concept of the planet Jupiter it actually makes sense.
I picked up a copy of Planet Narnia based on this recommendation about a week ago. Interesting theory so far though I've barely gotten into it.
I would love to pick up this set of Narnia. However, without the new member deals existing anymore I doubt I'll pick it up direct from FS.
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