Charity Volunteers Find Rare Narnia First Edition

From An unexpected treasure has been discovered by two sharp-eyed charity bookshop volunteers. Christine and Robert Williams were sorting through the latest delivery of donations to the National Trust’s second-hand bookshop at Mottisfont, when they came across a small, hardback book, complete with beautifully illustrated dust jacket. It was a rare 1956 first edition of the children’s novel, The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis, which could be worth £1,000. “I think we knew we had something special as soon as we picked the book up,” says Christine. “It was in excellent condition, though obviously quite old, with the most beautiful images on the jacket and inside. When we realised it was not a re-print, we were pretty excited!” The book is now going to auction through Woolley & Wallis at Salisbury on June 17 (lot 33), with an estimate of £700 – £1,000. Read the full article here.