New York: Macmillan, 1943. Early edition. Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine except for two small dents at the bottom edges, price-clipped dust jacket with minor creasing and chips to corners. Bookplate. A clean, fresh copy. Item #179
"THE LOWERARCHY OF HELL" Early American printing of Lewis's satire, a portrait of "the psychology of temptation from the other point of view." This epistolary novel, a series of 31 letters from a senior devil, Uncle Screwtape, to his nephew apprentice, Wormwood, regarding the corruption of "the patient" has become one of Lewis's most popular works. The book "has freshness, charm, humor, and a certain cockeyed geniality. Screwtape's inverted values, in which sin is admirable, purity damnable, and God's love utterly incomprehensible, provide most of the satire; this experienced devil is a master psychologist, delivering during his analysis of human foibles many memorable aphorisms and devilish insights." (Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings). Dedicated to J. R. R. Tolkien, with Lewis's Preface, dated "Magdalen College/July 5, 1941." Early printings are uncommon in this condition.