Archives for category: bookish

Narnia Chronicals Voyage Dawn Treader QUOTE

Am not religious per se [I trust in Good] but I do believe the universe provides.

Whether it was divine co-incidence or happy accident, a little battered/ AKA preloved 1971 edition of The Voyage of The Dawn Treader came my way, without effort, Saturday morning, the day after this post boy division: covers.

3 down 4 to go…


Vintage Edtiion Narnia

Did you read the Narnia Chronicles? I did. Lots. Probably at least three times each as a kid, once later as an adult before kids [BC] and then again with my son.

It’s hard to keep him interested in a lot of my childhood favourites, the divide seems so wide now. Wars, air-raids, real hardships not involving flat batteries, being free to wander off God knows where all day, bags of lettuce, no TV. Positively the dark ages…

But The Magician’s Nephew was successful. It was my favourite of the series. I’m trying to collect the covers I remember and loved. This edition is from 1978 and features the original captivating artwork of Pauline Baynes who’s internal illustrations still feature in newer editions.

Narnia Chronicals The Magicians Nephew back

So far I have come across this and The Silver Chair [1973]. Which is my second favourite chronicle.  And  then The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe obviously [SEO hello]  I guess I could try Electronic-Bay as my hubby calls it. But I do love the stumble upon.
You can buy a boxed set here.

vintage edition Pauline Baynes

C [Clive] S [Staples] Lewis believed a children’s story is the best art form for something you have to say.

Narnia Chronicals The Silver Chair back

So what do you say? What was your favourite? Or any other books you can recommend for a screen loving 8 year old that doesn’t involve psychotic flatulence would be greatly appreciated.


Sample these Unknown Pleasures

Before you get too excited guys, this is not vintage porn.

It does, however, contain indecent humour as illustrated below.


Men Only
Magazine  January 1947
Featuring artwork by Edward S. Hynes

[17 x 13cm]

Love this cover.


A Book of Boys’ Stories 1968

Dust Jacket blurb:
Ranging over past, present and future, the twenty-three fast-moving short stories in this book present a variety of adventures to suit all tastes…[Space, Detection, Sport, Wild West, History, Mystery] Other highlights in these gripping stories of achievement by Robert Bateman and Nicholas Marrat – excitingly illustrated by Pat Nevin – include a record-breaking cycle marathon, an exploit of wily, quick-thinking Imperno Quartaro, and a race against time to save a valuable yacht-basin from destruction by mountainous waves.

Did you get that?

I’d like an audio copy read by John Wayne, just to hear him say Pilgrim


Dean’s Classics, Dean & Son Ltd London
Undated, circa 1960-1970

oxford old boys annual


Old Boys Annual.

The Oxford Annual For Boys, 30th Year Edition.
Edited by Herbert Strang. 

1937 University Press, Oxford


Do you know this girl? Please help her find herself.


Undated. The Children’s Press
Hard back edition, circa 1970s

A couple of old girls, bit rough round the edges but not lost the plot, yet

Katy: 1964   Heidi: 1956

%d bloggers like this: