"I NOTE WITH GRAVE DISPLEASURE THAT YOUR PATIENT HAS BECOME A CHRISTIAN": FIRST EDITION OF THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, HANDSOMELY BOUND
LEWIS, C.S. The Screwtape Letters. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1942. Slim octavo, modern full black morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers; original cloth bound in.
First edition of Lewis' diabolically clever, funny and profound study of temptation, presented as a senior devil's instructional epistles to his apprentice, handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt.
Lewis' reputation as a significant author rests on not only his cherished Narnia books for children but also his many works of Christian apologetics, arguably none of which is more innovative and incisive than The Screwtape Letters. Upon publication it proved "particularly successful… thanks to its device (worthy of Jonathan Swift) of preaching by ironic implication via a senior demon's advice to a junior on how best to tempt and ensnare; the 'Lowerarchy' of Hell also allows satire on bureaucracy" (Clute & Grant, 578). "An ingenious exercise" (Fantasy and Horror 5-178) and "a profound analysis of the pitfalls that confront a Christian living in the 20th century" (Magill, 1068). Currey, 251.
Tiny spot of soiling on edge of text block. Fine condition.