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Vetting C.S. Lewis signature and relation to Clare College:

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Vetting C.S. Lewis signature and relation to Clare College:

Postby caromia333 » 30 Aug 2009, 17:37

Hello,
I have a signed copy of a book that we believe was from C.S. Lewis own library. I purchased it from Pratum Book Co. in California.

I would like to verify some of the info. with the signature. This is a first edition of Arthur Lillie's THE INFLUENCE OF BUDDHISM ON PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY published by Swan Sonenshcein & Co. London New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1893 signature on first unprinted page of the book C.S. Lewis Claire Coll : with an underscore and the date of the published book September 1893

I was hoping you might know what, if any, relationship Lewis might have with Clare College at Cambridge?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Warm cheers,
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Re: Vetting C.S. Lewis signature and relation to Clare College:

Postby Leslie » 30 Aug 2009, 21:56

Hi Carolyn,

Clive Staples Lewis was born in 1898, and began attending University College in Oxford in 1917, and remained there as a student and tutor, with a break only for his war service, until 1924. He was a fellow of Magdalen College in Oxford from 1925 to 1954. In 1954 he became a professor at Cambridge, and belonged to Magdalene College there. There does not appear to be a connection to Clare College.

Some of the newer editions of Lewis's works have a graphic image of his signature on the cover that you could compare to that in the book you have.

hope this helps
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