London: Geoffrey Bles: The Centenary Press, 1943. Hardcover. Tenth printing, duodecimo size, 160 pp. Near fine / very good. Item #19011101
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) examines the nature of temptation in his epistolary novel "The Screwtape Letters", in the form of letters written by the senior demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a junior demon still learning how to lead humans astray. At once a work of satire and Christian apologetics, the book investigates tenets of Christian theology, in relation to temptation and sin; Lewis dedicated the book to his friend J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), best known for his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, who was a member of the informal literary group the Inklings, along with Lewis.
This volume is the tenth printing of Lewis's book, published in 1943 (exactly one year after the first printing), and features many positive reviews on the dust jacket, for what was to become one of Lewis' greatest works.
___DESCRIPTION: Full black cloth, white paper spine label with green ruled borders and black lettering; duodecimo size (7.25" by 5"), pagination: [1-8] 9-160. In a cream paper dust jacket, with red ruled borders and red and black lettering on the front panel, black lettering on the spine, descriptions of two book, including one by Lewis, on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and a description of another work by Lewis on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of "5s." on the front flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; boards have the barest hint of a few stray marks but are clean overall, some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, to the bottom edges of the boards, and to the corners, and corners are gently bumped, some minor soiling to the endpapers. The dust jacket is very good, unclipped, clean overall with a few spots of soiling, some sunning to the spine, overall edgewear with some chipping to the head of the spine and a small (three-quarter inch) closed tear the bottom of the rear panel.
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