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132175
LEWIS, C. S.

The Screwtape Letters.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Geoffrey Bles, 1942

Stock Code: 132175

£5,000
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first impression. Taking the form of a series of letters between an experienced devil and a subordinate, The Screwtape Letters addresses numerous questions of Christian theology. Though the book sparkles with wit, Lewis found its composition difficult and unpleasant: "The strain produced a sort of spiritual cramp... It almost smothered me before I was done" (cited in Zaleski, Literary Lives of the Inklings, p. 296). Lewis dedicated the work to J. R. R. Tolkien, who was somewhat uneasy about the book; so profound was Tolkien's belief in the powers of evil that he thought it unwise for Lewis to write humorously on the subject.

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Description

Octavo. Original black cloth, printed paper label to spine. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom red quarter morocco box, spine lettered in gilt, beige cloth sides.

Condition

First few leaves a little creased; dust jacket with light toning to spine panel, faint soiling, and very minor peripheral chipping. A very nice copy indeed, and most unusual thus.

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