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Boxen (BX)

The Imaginary World of the Young C. S. Lewis

Boxen is a fictional world that C. S. Lewis and his brother W. H. Lewis created as children. The world of Boxen was created when Jack’s stories about Animal-Land and Warnie’s stories about India were brought together. During a time when influenza was ravaging many families, the Lewis brothers were forced to stay indoors and entertain themselves by reading. They read whatever books they could find, both those written for children and adults. Influenced by Beatrix Potter’s animals, C.S. Lewis wrote about Animal-Land, complete with details about its economics, politics/government, and history, as well as illustrations of buildings and characters. The stories were published posthumously as Boxen: The Imaginary World of the Young C. S. Lewis Edited by Walter Hooper. Two settings of the work currently exist.

 

 

SETTING 1

CO

Collins (May 28, 1985)
Printing: London

Hardback
[Unseen]

BX1-CO-1-85-Cover

BX1-CO-1-85-Cover

F

Fount Paperback of William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, (10 October 1985)
Printing: Butler & Tanner Ltd, Frome and London

Paperback: Red title over red author on scroll next to Lewis Mr. Frog on yellow/white cover
ISBN: 0-00-626769-6

Printing History:
​Sold for £4.95

BX1-F-1-85-Cover

BX1-F-1-85-Cover

HB1a

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (17 October 1985)
Printing: USA

Hardback: White hardback with burgundy overlife with gold title/author on spine
Jacket by Paul Gamerello of Eyetooth Design: Black title with red “B” in black box over Lewis drawing of Mr. Frog over black subtitle over red editor all on buff field on read marble cover.
ISBN: 0-15-113630-0

Printing History:
Sold for $13.95

BX1-HB1a-1-85-Jacket Front

BX1-HB1a-1-85-Jacket front

BX1-HB1a-1-85-Cover

BX1-HB1a-1-85-Cover

HB1b

Harvest/HBJ Book of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers (November 26, 1986)
Printing: USA

Paperback by Paul Gamerello: Copy of HB1a
ISBN: 0-15-614000-4

Printing History:
​Sold for £4.95

BX1-HB1b-1-86-Cover

BX1-HB1b-1-86-Cover

SETTING 2

HC

Harper Collins Publishers (2008)
Printing: China

With Introduction by Douglas Gresham
Full Color Hardback by Terence Caven: Red title over image of three Lewis drawn characters over Title on white circular field with red border on brown marble cover with images at four corners
ISBN: 978-0-06-169833-0
240 pages

Printing History:

BX2-HC-1-08-Cover

BX2-HC-1-08-Cover