THE PROBLEM OF PAIN | By C. S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain (POP)

SETTING 1 — All Volumes

GB1a

Geoffrey Bles (October 1940)
Printing: The Centenary Press, London

“The Christian Challenge Series”
Black hardback with war binding (green stripe on spine)
Jacket: Red title/author on white field over white series title on red field
145 pages

Printing History:
1. October 1940
2. December 1940
3. February 1941
4. April 1941
5. June 1941
6. October 1941
7. June 1942
8. August 1942 for 3s.6d.
9. September 1942 for 3s.6d.
10. January 1943 for 3s.6d.
11. April 1943 for 3s.6d.
12. October 1943 for 3s.6d. [Unknown jackets hereafter]
13. May 1944 for 3s.6d.
14. February 1945 for 3s.6d.
15. May 1945 for 3s.6d.

POP1-GB1a-1-40-Jacket Front

POP1-GB1a-1-40-Jacket Front

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POP1-GB1a-1-40-Cover

POP1-GB1a-1-40-Binding

GB1b

Geoffrey Bles (1946)
Printing: The Whitefriars Press Ltd, London

Black Hardback with war binding (red stripe on spine)
Jacket by Geore Manseil: White Author/Title on Red field
145 pages

Printing History:
16. February 1946 for 3s.6d.
17. October 1946 for 3s.6d.
Note: MR1-GB-1-47-Jacket Back indicates it sold for 5s. and some copies do have a 5s. sticker on the jacket

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POP1-GB1b-17-46-Jacket Front

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POP1-GB1a-1-40-Cover

POP1-GB1b-Binding

GB1c

Geoffrey Bles (c. 1950)
Printing: The Whitefriars Press Ltd, London

Black Hardback with gold author/title on spine
Jacket unknown
145 pages

Printing History:
18. 1950
19. Sold for 7s.6d. (Cover Unknown)

POP1-GB1c-18-50-Jacket Front

POP1-GB1c-18-50-Jacket Front
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POP1-GB1c-18-50-Cover

GB1d

Geoffrey Bles (c. 1950)
Printing: The Whitefriars Press Ltd, London

Red hardback with gold author/title on spine
Jacket: White Author/Title on Red field (same as GB1b sans “The Centenary Press”)
145 pages

Printing History:
20. 1956 for 7s.6.

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POP1-GB1d-20-56-Jacket Front

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POP1-GB1d-20-56-Cover

M1a

Macmillan Publishing (1944)
Printing: New York

Green hardback with dark green author/title on spine
Jacket: Green title/author on white field with green border
145 pages

Printing History:
1944 for $1.50 [1]
1945 for $1.50
1946 for $1.50

[1] M1a and M1b include only the year of printing on the title page. Wade has examples of each year, but no way exists to determine how many printing where made in a given year.

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POP1-M1a-1-44-Jacket Front

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POP1-M1a-1-44-Cover

M1b

Macmillan Publishing (c. 1947)
Printing: New York

Blue hardback with white author/title on spine
Jacket: Green title/author on white field with green border (same as M1a)
145 pages

Printing History:
1947 for $1.50
1948 for $1.50​

POP1-M1a-1-44-Jacket Front

POP1-M1a-1-44-Jacket Front

POP1-M1b-x-48-Cover

POP1-M1b-x-48-Cover

M1c

Macmillan Publishing (c. 1953)
Printing: New York

Tan hardback with green title/author on spine
Jacket: Green title/author on white field with green border (same as M1a)
145 pages

Printing History:
9. 1950 for $2.00
10. 1953
12. 1957 for $3.25
13. 1959
14. 1961

POP1-M1a-1-44-Jacket Front

POP1-M1a-1-44-Jacket Front

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POP1-M1c-10-53-Cover

M1d

Macmillan Publishing (c. 1977)
Printing: New York

Blue hardback with gold author/title on spine
Jacket by Ronald Clyne: Black author on tan field over black title on red field over dark red field
145 pages

Printing History:
17. 1967
19. 1977​

POP1-M1d-19-77-Jacket Front

POP1-M1d-19-77-Jacket Front

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POP1-M1d-19-77-Cover

F1a

Fontana Books of Collier (1957)
Printing: Collins Clear-Type Press, London & Glasgow

Paperback: White title/author on green field featuring yellowed man with head in hands and red triangles
145 pages

Printing History:
1. 1957
2. July 1957 for 2’6
3. January 1961
4. August 1962
5. January 1964
6. March 1965
7. November 1966
8. September 1967
9. November 1968 for 3s.6d. [Collins of Fontana]

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POP1-F1a-9-68-Cover

F1b

Fontana Books of Collier (c. 1972)
Printing: Collins Clear-Type Press, London & Glasgow

Paperback: White title, yellow author on blue image of “Women mourning” from Mittelbiberach carving.
145 pages

Printing History:
11. April 1972 for 25p
12. January 1973 for 25p
15. July 1976 for 65p (last printing as per F1c-1-77 copyright page)

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POP1-F1b-12-73-Cover

F1c

Fount Paperback of Collier (January 1977)
Printing: William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, Glasgow

Paperback by Tony Meeuwissen: Black title/author on yellow field, featuring image of pietas nun holding crucified Christ in sepulchre
145 pages

Printing History: (Continued from F1b)
16. January 1977 for 65p
21. May 1981 for £1.25
23. February 1983 for £1.50

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POP1-F1c-23-83-Cover