I haven't read all the volumes yet so I'm not commenting on the books - they're well known anyway. However, I can say that this collector's edition is very nice. The volumes are paperback but bound very well. The covers and the illustrations are wonderful in color. They are by Pauline Baynes, a very well known illustrator who did the illustrations for the original volumes. She also did some illustrations for the Lord of the Rings literature. If you enjoy reading from an illustrated text, you'll definitely like this edition.
A continual classic and well-read series from our church library, "The Chronicles of Narnia" series remains a favorite of young children as well as young "at heart" within our church family. We replaced our worn-out paperbacks with the hardcover set. I recently had several discussions with patrons of our church library - all of high favorable review & with expressed appreciation for this particular addition.