LEWIS, C. S., Signed note attached to the book of a friend.

By: C. S. Lewis (Herbert Palmer)

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This is a first edition book (A Sword in the Desert) by Herbert Palmer. In the book is a full half-sheet note from Palmer to someone named Edgar. The note, transcribed below, is about Palmer's meeting with C. S. Lewis. The odd thing is that this note is hand written on the back of a typed note from C. S. Lewis to Palmer, arranging the meeting and signed by Lewis. Palmer lightly crossed out the typing and signature by Lewis! Then he used the other side. The paper shortage led to such things. Herbert Palmer introduced C. S. Lewis and Ruth Pitter, so a bit more about him. His dates are 1880-1961. He was a teacher, poet and literary critic. The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis show 14 letters from Lewis to Palmer starting in 1945 and ending in 1958. In Lewis's first letter to Palmer Nov 8, 1945, he tells Palmer that due to rationing Oxford is not allowing him to have visitors but as soon as that is lifted he wants Palmer to come for a visit. In Lewis's letter of April 9th, 1946 he invites Palmer for May 17th. The letter in this book is dated May 9th and changes the appointment to June 14th.Palmer's impression of Lewis, written here to Edgar, is very interesting. The text of the letter: Tuesday Dear Edgar I think I have remembered your Birthday to date this year. I spent a very exciting evening with Lewis the middle of June. He is not the ascetic people think - not a convivial Irishman. Looks something between a jolly priest and a country publican with a dash of St. Francis thrown in. A very good poet too. Which means that he has his feet very firm in the ground. We sat up till midnight reading our poems to one another.He doesn't like women, says all the women he knows are all saints or devils, chiefly devils. Hell, I presume (?), from his standpoint is chiefly populated by women.Love to May of Winifred. (?)Bert The typed letter from Lewis on the back (all crossed out with a single scribbly line: Magdalen College, Oxford,9th. May 1946.REF.46/265 Dear Mr. Palmer, Right. I have made it June 14th. Yours sincerely,C. S. Lewis [signed not typed] The half sheet is tipped in on the first blank page of the book with the top one inch glued to the page. On the copyright page there is a penciled arrow to the name Hon. Robert Gathorne-Hardy. Perhaps this is a clue to who Edgar is. The book is well worn but the binding is solid. Lacking a dust wrapper. Full refund if not satisfied. Shelley and Son Books specializes in C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & the Inklings

Title: LEWIS, C. S., Signed note attached to the book of a friend.

Author Name: C. S. Lewis (Herbert Palmer)

Categories: Inklings,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: 1946

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Hardcover

Inscription: Signed by Lewis

Seller ID: 039635