“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” Book Design 


“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” is the first book in C.S Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series. This book was printed during the 1980s and uses the design of the 1970 Special Edition Collier Books softcover box set. The 1970 debut was also the first printing of The Chronicles of Narnia by Collier Books, which at the time was a division of Macmillian Publishing Co. in New York. The interior illustrations are by English illustrator Pauline Baynes, and the exterior illustrators and designer are unknown. The exterior design utilizes geometric framing elements, stylized illustrations with stipple shading, and a slab serif typeface.

“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” is the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series and introduces the reader to the four Pensive children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. The Pensive children are sent to live in the English countryside to avoid the air raids during WWII. While in the old house, they discover a wardrobe that leads to the fantastical world of Narnia. Upon their arrival, they discover that Narnia is under the oppressive control of the White Witch, and the siblings must work together with the legendary hero Aslan to save Narnia.