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The Idea of a Christian Society.
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The Idea of a Christian Society.

Published: London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1939

Stock code: 81748

Price: £1,250

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Charles Smyth from T. S. Eliot, 17.x.39”. Smyth (1903–1987) was “an eminent ecclesiastical historian and a fine preacher in the Anglican communion” (Letters of T. S. Eliot, p. 805) who twice edited the Cambridge Review and was the author of several books including Cranmer and the Revolution Under Edward VI; The Art of Preaching 1747–1939; and the Birkbeck Lectures published as Simeon and the Church Order. In 1927 Eliot wrote to Smyth to ask if he “cared occasionally to review historical books for The Criterion”, suggesting The American Heresy by Christopher Hollis (Letters, p. 805). An attractive copy with a very nice association.

Octavo. Original teal cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Cloth slightly toned along the spine and edges of boards. An excellent copy in the rubbed jacket with toned spine panel and a short split at the head of the spine panel.

Bibliography: Gallup A35a.

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