What I want- the first five Narnia books (I don’t like the last two) in leather with all the original illustrations by Pauline Baynes. This should not be hard- Narnia has been reprinted bunches of times- even with colour illustrations- and in leather and so on. Ha! The later editions don’t include all the pictures from the first edition- even the colour and facsimile first editions are lacking some of the larger ones and the facsimile editions have slightly blurry pictures and are incomplete.
So it looks like I’m going to have to get first editions (not necessarily first printing) of the Bles printing, scan them and make my own. I would simply rebind the first editions… but the paper is acid. How tedious!
A note- when I say the first five books, I mean The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Horse and His Boy. I don’t subscribe to the new numbering system which reorders the books into chronological order.