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FIRST EDITIONS OF G. K. CHESTERTON

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE QUEEN OF SEVEN SWORDS.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE QUEEN OF SEVEN SWORDS.

London : Sheed & Ward, (1926). First edition : in Sullivan’s “A” variant binding. A collection of twenty-five poems, including “The White Witch”, “The Ballad of King Arthur”, “St. George of England”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (50),[ii]pp. Original quarter orange cloth, light violet boards; pale orange title label on upper cover, printed in black; boards just a little sunned; mild spotting of edges; endpapers lightly tanned, but still overall a very good copy. Gift inscription dated 1926 on front free endpaper. Sullivan 65.

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE INCREDULITY OF FATHER BROWN.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE INCREDULITY OF FATHER BROWN.

London : Cassell & Co., (1926). First edition. The third of the Father Brown volumes – eight short stories, including “The Oracle of the Dog”, “The Miracle of Moon Crescent” and “The Doom of the Darnaways”.
Crown 8vo (189 x 120mm). [viii],296pp. Bound in a smart recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; original cloth backstrip and upper cover preserved at rear; a few slight marks and spots, but overall a very good copy. Sullivan 63.

£250

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SECRET OF FATHER BROWN.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SECRET OF FATHER BROWN.

London : Cassell & Co., (1927). First edition. The fourth of the Father Brown volumes – ten short stories and pieces, including “The Song of the Flying Fish” and “The Red Moon of Meru”. Dedicated to Father John O’Connor of Bradford – reputed to be the original of ‘Father Brown’ – and certainly the priest who guided Chesterton to catholicism.
Crown 8vo (188 x 119mm). [viii],(310),[ii]pp. Bound in an elegant recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; a few very faint spots, but a very good copy.

£250

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : CHRISTMAS POEMS.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : CHRISTMAS POEMS.

London : Burns Oates & Washbourne, [1929]. First separate edition of this collection of five poems – “A Child of the Snows”, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 16pp. Portrait frontispiece. Original stiffened ivory wrappers, printed in gold; a touch dusty, a few faint marks, but a nice copy of a fragile production. Dated (1936) Christmas gift inscription on half-title. Sullivan 862.

£20

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : FOUR FAULTLESS FELONS.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : FOUR FAULTLESS FELONS.

London : Cassell & Co., (1930). First edition. Four inter-related novellas – murder, fraud, treason and theft – the moderate murderer, the honest quack, the ecstatic thief, and the loyal traitor.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],vi,(310),[ii]pp. Original black cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; some minor rubbing to extremities; some spotting to edges and outer leaves; a few faint marks, but a very good and sound copy.

£75

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SCANDAL OF FATHER BROWN.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SCANDAL OF FATHER BROWN.

London : Cassell & Co., (1935). First edition. The fifth and last of the Father Brown volumes – eight short stories, including “The Pursuit of Mr. Blue”, “The Crime of the Communist” and “The Insoluble Problem”.
Crown 8vo (181 x 114mm). [vi],248pp. Bound in a smart recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; a few slight marks and small flaws, but overall a very good copy. Sullivan 96.

£250

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE COMMON MAN.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE COMMON MAN.

London : Sheed & Ward, 1950. First edition. Forty-four lively essays previously unpublished in book form – Chesterton on reading, novelists, the pantomime, from Meredith to Rupert Brooke, A Tale of Two Cities, necromancy, Dr Johnson, Henry James, Tolstoi, Pierpont Morgan, books for boys, nudism – and much else.
Post 8vo (21cm). vi,(280),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; mild tanning of endpapers; slight spotting of top edge, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – also very good. Contemporary ownership inscription.

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