This Dutch language edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader does away with the ship’s poetic name, calling it simply “drakenschip.” Which means … dragon ship … which calls to mind … Vikings! Not sure what the problem with translation was.

This book is interesting as well for the illustration, which is one I haven’t run across before. Sometimes foreign editions of the Chronicles throw a curveball in that they don’t rely on the huge catalog of Narnia artwork already lying around and held by the greater publishing companies. For example, Pauline Baynes’ original illustrations have been colorized, chopped up, added on, and incorporated into many new cover designs over the decades to give the new printings a modern feel. But this one feels like a one-off, a special commission.


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