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The Allegory of Love

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Author’s proof copy of The Allegory of Love by C.S. Lewis, inscribed by Lewis, noting that he personally bound this volume.

Octavo, viii, [2], 378pp. Brown cloth, title in gilt on black morocco label affixed to spine. Pages untrimmed. Top edge gilt. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Solid text block, a touch of wear to spine and corners. Shallow scratches on rear cover. Randomly stamped throughout text to verify revisions by the publisher. All stamps predate the original publication date of May 21, 1936. Occasional marginalia in pencil. Inscribed by C.S. Lewis on the title page, stating this copy was his “first attempt at binding.”

The Allegory of Love was C.S. Lewis’ first nonfiction publication, beginning a long line of writings that would solidify him as one of the most influential Christian apologists of the last century. Lewis favored themes of mythology, theology, and the Middle Ages as a boy. He received high honors (Firsts) in similar subjects while studying at Oxford University. This book unites those topics and includes many of Lewis’ own translations of poetry originally written in Latin, Middle English, and French.

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