A Very Good + copy of the first edition, first printing (some darkening to the spine head, bumping to the corners, some offsetting to the endpapers, and light foxing to the closed page block's edges), in a Very Good + dust jacket (light wear to the spine ends and flap turn corners, light sunning to the spine panel, offsetting to the flap versos, vertical fold line to the rear flap), SIGNED BY C. S. LEWIS on the page immediately following the front free endpaper below the brief printed note about the book. This highly-notable C. S. Lewis work sets forth his retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth based upon their story as contained in a chapter of "Metamorphoses", a work written in the 2nd century AD by Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis (also known as Platonicus as he was a student of Platonic philosophy in Athens. [St. Augustine referred to the story as "The Golden Ass" -- the name by which the tale is commonly known -- as the work's protagonist, Lucius, desiring to practice magic, performs as spell intended to turn himself into a bird but which ends up turning him into an ass -- also known as a donkey). [Interestingly, the entire work is the only ancient Roman novel written in Latin to survive in its entirety.] Lewis began to think of retelling the Myth as an undergraduate student. He thought of, and worked on, the retelling over a period of 35 years -- first writing in it in verse form as he initially saw himself a Poet. He ultimately rewrote the story in prose finally producing the novel which was first published in 1956. The novel was well-received by the literary community and both Lewis and his dear friend and fellow-author J. R. R. Tolkien considered the novel to be Lewis' best and most-accomplished work. It was Lewis' favorite of all of his works. The New York Herald Tribune described the novel as "The most significant and triumphant work that Lewis has . . . produced" and of it the New York Times stated: "Till We Have Faces succeeds in presenting with imaginative directness what its author has described elsewhere as ‘the divine, magical, terrifying and ecstatic reality in which we all live’ . . . [It] deepens for adults that sense of wonder and strange truth which delights children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and other legends of Narnia." Having an excellent Provenance, this novel came from the Estate of Martha Graham of dance fame. Signed copies of C. S. Lewis novels are far from common. An excellent copy of C. S. Lewis' favorite of all of his works, SIGNED BY C. S. LEWIS. QUITE SCARCE INDEED. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold [Signed]
Publisher: Geoffrey Bles
Publication Date: 1956
Book Condition: Very Good +
Edition: First edition.
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