Apparent first edition, published in 1936 by Oxford at the Clarendon Press. Useful Index.
The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition is an influential exploration of the allegorical treatment of love in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, which was released on May 21, 1936.
In the first chapter, Lewis traces the development of the idea of courtly love from the Provencal troubadours to its full development in the works of Chrétien de Troyes. It is here that he sets forth a famous characterisation of "the peculiar form which it [courtly love] first took; the four marks of Humility, Courtesy, Adultery, and the Religion of Love"—the last two of which "marks" have, in particular, been the subject of a good deal of controversy among later scholars. In the second chapter, Lewis discusses the medieval evolution of the allegorical tradition in such writers as Bernard Silvestris and Alain de Lille.
The remaining chapters, drawing on the points made in the first two, examine the use of allegory in the depiction of love in a selection of poetic works, beginning with the Roman de la Rose. The focus, however, is on English works: the poems of Chaucer, Gower's Confessio Amantis and Usk's Testament of Love, the works of Chaucer's epigones, and Spenser's Faerie Queene.
The book is illustrated with quotations from poems in many languages, including Classical and Medieval Latin, Middle English, and Old French. The English translations of many of these are Lewis's own work.
No dust jacket. In generally very good condition. There is a bit of rubbing on the cover and spine, but only light wear. The pages are lightly yellowed, with some darker yellowing on end papers. A former owner's name is written on front end paper. Some faint staining along cut edges of text block. Binding is tight.