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 2



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The Imaginary World of the Young C. S. Lewis


Setting 1

Harvest/HBJ Book of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers (26 November 1986)
Paperback by Paul Gamerello: Copy of HBa
ISBN: 0-15-614000-4
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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
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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

Collins (28 May 1985)
Printing: London

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

Sold for $13.95