G.K. Chesterton (Gilbert Keith Chesterton) | First Editions
1874 - 1936
Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton (and sometimes referred to as G.K.C.), was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." He is most fondly remembered for the creation of fictional priest-detective Father Brown. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton's "friendly enemy" according to Time, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius." Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Cardinal John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin.
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London: Cassell and Company, 1926. [Detective Fiction] FIRST EDITION, first impression. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.[viii]; 295. Red trimmed black cloth, illustrated dust-jacket priced at 7/6. Some spotting /dustiness to edges, no inscriptions, elegant bookplate to pastedown, jacket chipped at crown, spine sunned, vertical fold to same. Shows well. The.....
London: Cassell and Company, 1911. [Crime Fiction] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp. 336. Publisher's red cloth, with gilt titles to spine and upper cover. Contents clean, discreet bookseller ticket to rear pastedown, hand-coloured and illuminated bookplate of renowned bibliophile Stanley Crowe, gift inscription to reverse side of frontispiece.....