London: Geoffrey Bles, 1964. First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, black top edge, original dust jacket. Neat owner signature, dated "Christmas 1963" in upper corner of front endpaper. About-fine. Item #402
"THE PERFECT CHURCH SERVICE WOULD BE ONE WE WERE ALMOST UNAWARE OF. OUR ATTENTION WOULD HAVE BEEN ON GOD" First edition of C. S. Lewis's “book on prayer in the form of letters to an imaginary correspondent.” Letters to Malcolm marked a return to the epistolary format which had made The Screwtape Letters so successful two decades earlier. The twenty-two letters range from a consideration of the "corporate" or public prayer used in the liturgy and continues on to discuss the theory and practice of private prayer. The book would prove to be the final milestone of Lewis's apologetics: he died on November 22, 1963 (the same day that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas). Letters to Malcolm appeared "posthumously and the reviews doubled as memorial tributes." (Zaleski and Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings).