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A quick search of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis turned up the following results. Pretty impressive.
Mere Christianity: a revised and enlarged edition, with a new introduction, of the three books, The case for Christianity, Christian behaviour, and Beyond personality
by C. S. Lewis
Publisher: Old Tappan, N.J. : F.H. Revell, , c1952.
ISBN: 0800712897 DDC: 230 LCC: BT77 Edition: (pbk.)
Rev. ed. first published in 1952.
Large print ed.
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Dewey Class: 230 — Christian theology
LCC Number: BT77
Physical Description: 352 p. ; 24 cm.
Edition Info: (pbk.)
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Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis; ISBN: 0060652926; (alk. paper); 99% match)
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