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Robert P. Davis  
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G. K. Chesterton
Although Chesterton is somewhat out of fashion these days, his literary criticism, particularly about Dickens and other mid to late nineteenth century authors, is incisive, witty, and among the most cogent ever. A master, too, of the mystery genre, particularly through his Father Brown stories, Chesterton had a wide range in his writings. These works tend to make his sometimes very bigoted and sententious commentary irrelevant to his real, major impact. A revival is very much in order.

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9200
Chesterton, G. K.- The Scandal of Father Brown. London. Cassell & Co. 1935. 248 pp. 8vo. Blue-black publisher's cloth with gilt titling on spine. First Edition. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #3677. Chesterton at the height of his power with Father Brown. This volume contains one of what Barzun and Taylor consider the ten best Father Brown Tales. Minor Foxing. Wear at all edges. Mildly cocked. Else, Very Good.
Price: $110.00

8450
Chesterton, G[ilbert] K[eith].- Robert Louis Stevenson. New York. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1928. 211 pp. 8vo. Red publisher's cloth. T.e.g. First American Edition. Chesterton's views on Stevenson, his individuality, his moral stance and his style. Much stems from Chesterton's view of Stevenson as a vagabond adventurer and invalid. Spine slightly faded. Else, Very Good.
Price: $65.00

9025
9025 Chesterton, G[eorge] K[eith].- First Edition. The Victorian Age in Literature. London. Williams and Norgate. N.D. [1913] Literature Pages 256 pp.12mo. Green publisher's cloth, embossed in the blind on front cover and in gilt titling on spine. T.e. stained green. First Edition. Home University Library of Modern Knowledge. The true first edition of a classic by Chesterton, written informally. Pungent comments on writers and their style in Victorian England. Slight fading of spine. Hinges starting internally. Minimal foxing of page edges. Browning of end papers. Else, Very Good.
Price: $55.00

6417
Chesterton, Gilbert K.- The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Trees of Pride. New York. Harper & Brothers. 1922. 365 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. Probably a very early reprint of the First Edition, within a few months of Harper's change in style of denoting First Editions. Illustrated by W. Hatherell. Barzun & Taylor consider "The Bottomless Well" and "The Hole in the Wall" to be near masterpieces, but regret Chesterton's anti-Semitic remarks. They fail to note Chesterton's gratuitous caricature of Blacks as well. The leading character of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" may have been patterned after Maurice Baring. Slight Wear to Ends of Spine. Else, Very Good. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #3679
Price: $65.00

6416
Chesterton, G. K.- Wine, Water, and Song. London. Methuen. 1916. 64 pp. 12mo. Printed Yellow Paper Wraps, as Issued. Sixth Edition. Originally Published 1915. Scarce. Often witty verse with allusions to food and beverages. Ironically patriotic (published early in World War I). Occasional anti-Semitic reference, not unusual in Chesterton. This is a separate publication of some of Chesterton's best-known poems. Cover soiled. Chip from Head of Spine.
Price: $45.00

6414
Chesterton, G. K.- The Ballad of the White Horse. New York . Dodd, Mead and Co. 1924. 132 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. Second American Edition. Originally Published in1911. A rather scarce Chesterton title. His retelling of Arthurian legend in verse. It supports Chesterton's general theme of the triumph of Christianity over heathen nihilism. Stain on front cover. Else,Very Good
Price: $38.00

6413
Chesterton, G. K.- Poems. New York . John Lane. 1916. 156 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth with Gilt Lettering. First American Edition Published during Chesterton's serious illness, marked by coma and near death. The poems were in part previously published in various magazines, but the love poems had not appeared in print before. Minute wear at edge of spine. Else, a Fine copy.
Price: $75.00

5926
Chesterton, G. K.- The Man Who Was Thursday. A Nightmare. New York. Dover Publications, Inc. 1986. 120 pp. 8vo. Illustrated Paper Wraps, as Issued. Reprint of 1908 American Edition. A story of a club of anarchists in Edwardian London. Chesterton's wit, rhetoric and talent for patradox in full revelation. This allegory-adventure is what Barzun & Taylor call a "morality play in narrative. ...It is fun and often wise, ....and so paradoxical as to be a summa of Chestertonisms." As New. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #744
Price: $18.00

8245
Chesterton, G. K.- The Father Brown Stories. London. Cassell and Company, 1948. 704 pp. 8vo. Pink Publisher's Cloth. Second Edition in This Form. All 50 Father Brown stories, everything except the uncollected "The Vampire of the Village," which appeared only in private publications until 1948. The great corpus of Chesterton's extraordinary private eye. Spine fading. Else, Very Good. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #3677.
Price: $55.00

8244
Chesterton, Gilbert K.- The Secret of Father Brown. New York. Harper & Bros. 1927. 278 pp. 8vo. Blue Publisher's Cloth with Green Lettering. First American Edition. Illustrated by Frederick Dorr Steele. Chesterton at the height of his power with Father Brown. This volume contains three of what Barzun & Taylor consider the ten best Father Brown tales. Very Good. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (Rev. Ed.), #3677.
Price: $110.00

5907
[Chesterton] Barker, Dudley.- G. K. Chesterton, a Biography. New York. Stein and Day. 1970. 304 pp. Illustrated. 8vo. Yellow Paper Covered Boards with Red Cloth Spine. D.J. First Edition. Review Copy with Publisher's note to reviewer and publicity release tucked in. A biography that discusses the personal and the literary Chesterton. Tear and crease in D.J., but all present. Else Very Good.
Price: $40.00

5910
[Chesterton] Belloc, Hilaire.- The Postmaster General. Philadelphia . J. B. Lippincott Co. 1932. Thirty Illustrations by G. K. Chesterton. Green Publisher's Cloth. D.J. First American Edition. Satirical novel of purloined documents in an absurd social setting. Belloc and Chesterton, together, at their best. A Very Good Book in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Price: $150.00

5945
[Chesterton] Coren, Michael.- Gilbert, The Man Who Was G. K. Chesterton. New York. Paragon House. 1990. 304 pp. Illustrated. 8vo. Blue Paper Covered Boards with Red Cloth Spine. D.J. First American Edition. A literary biography that delves into the private side of his subject. Deals head-on with Chesterton's alleged anti-Semitism. Owner's Stamp on Front Free Fly Leaf. Else, as New.
Price: $35.00

5924
Chesterton, G. K.- The Appetite of Tyranny. Including Letters to an Old Garibaldian. New York. Dodd, Mead and Co. 1915. 122 pp. 8vo. Green Publisher's Cloth with Gilt Lettering. First American Edition Chesterton's pro-War (World War I) sentiments and his rationale. A vigorous statement. Slight wear to edges of spine. Else, a near Fine copy.
Price: $68.00

5933
Chesterton, G.K.- The Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton. New York. Sheed & Ward. 1936. 360 pp. Illustrated; Portrait Frontispiece. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth with Gilt Lettering & signature facsimile on Front Cover. T.E.G. First Edition; Fourth Printing. A Bright and Very Good Copy.
Price: $45.00

5934
Chesterton, G.K.- The Ballad of St. Barbara and Other Verses. London. Cecil Palmer. 1922. 83 pp. 8vo. Decorative Paper Covered Boards with Cloth Spine. First Edition. Quite scarce. Very Good.
Price: $95.00

5918
Chesterton, G. K.- Four Faultless Felons. London. Cassell and Co., Ltd. 1930. 310 pp. 8vo. Black Publisher's Cloth with Gilt Titling. First Edition. A quartet of stories of detection, with less religious subjects than Father Brown stories. Barzun & Taylor cite "The Man with the Green Umbrella" for its Egyptian setting. An uncommon title. Mild spotting of edges. Else, Very Good. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #3678.
Price: $200.00

5920
Chesterton, G. K.- George Bernard Shaw. New York. John Lane Co. 1909. 249 pp. + Publ. Ads. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. First American Edition. Chesterton's famous critical biography of Shaw, dealing more with the man than with his works. This book is well summed up by Chesterton, himself, in his Introduction: "Most people either say that they agree with Bernard Shaw or that they do not understand him. I am the only person who understands him, and I do not agree with him." Spine a bit faded. Else, Very Good.
Price: $75.00

5927
Chesterton, G. K.- The Man Who Was Thursday. A Nightmare. New York. Dodd, Mead & Co. 1935. 192 pp. Small 8vo. Blue Publisher's Cloth. D.J. Second Dodd, Mead Edition (Originally Published 1908). A story of a club of anarchists in Edwardian London. Chesterton's wit, rhetoric and talent for patradox in full revelation. This allegory-adventure is what Barzun & Taylor call a "morality play in narrative. ...It is fun and often wise, ....and so paradoxical as to be a summa of Chestertonisms." Near Fine. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #744.
Price: $38.00

5928
Chesterton, G. K.- The Return of Don Quixote. London. Chatto & Windus. 1927. 312 pp. + Publisher's Ads.l 8vo. Blue Publisher's Cloth. First Edition. A rather uncommon Chesterton title, a form of Bibliomystery, in its first edition. Slight Wear to Spine. Brown Offset to Fly Leaves. Else, Very Good.
Price: $125.00

5929
Chesterton, G. K.- The Secret of Father Brown. London. Cassell & Co. 1927. 310 pp. 8vo. Black Publisher's Cloth with Gilt spine Lettering. First Edition. Chesterton at the height of his power with Father Brown. This volume contains three of what Barzun and Taylor consider the ten best Father Brown Tales. Minor Foxing. Very Good. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #3677.
Price: $110.00

5932
Chesterton, G.K.- Seven Suspects. Introduction by H. R. Keating. New York. Carroll & Graff. 1990. 195 pp 8vo. Publisher's Cloth. Illustrated D.J. First American Edition in This Form. A reprint of seven of Chesterton's stories of detection, each illustrating the author's penchant for and uncanny talent with paradox. Also reprinted is Chesterton's "A Defence of Detective Stories." As New.
Price: $39.00

5935
Chesterton, G.K.- The Surprise (A Play). New York. Sheed & Ward. 1953. 63 pp. Small 8vo. Decorated Paper Covered Boards with Paper Label. First (?American) Edition. Preface by Dorothy L. Sayers. A play by Chesterton, written in 1932, but not published or performed till this edition. Another view of his incisive personal philosophy, presented in a dramatic and comic fashion. Sayers discourses on her debt to Chesterton. A great addition to Chesterton or Sayres collections of an uncommon title containing personalized products of them both. Very Good.
Price: $85.00

5922
Chesterton, G. K.- Tales of The Long Bow. London. Cassell & Co. 1925. 310 pp. 8vo. Green Publisher's Cloth. First Edition. A collection of magazine stories with strong lines of the essay. Such topics are discussed as the corruption of politics and the bribing of a Prime Minister by a Jewish financier, the latter a preoccupation of Chesterton. Lacks Front Fly Leaf. Else, Very Good.
Price: $150.00

5936
Chesterton, G.K.- Tremendous Trifles. New York. Dodd, Mead and Company. 1915. 325 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. Second American Edition . Sketches drawn from prior publication in the Daily News, Originally Published in 1909. Includes a story about Charles Dickens and his concerns for the living. More famous is the story "What I Found in My Pocket."
Price: $55.00

5931
Chesterton, G. K.- Varied Types. New York. Dodd, Mead & Co. 1905. 269 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. First American Edition. A series of literary essays, collected from The Daily News and The Speaker. Subjects range from E. B. Browning and Bret Harte to Savonarola. First collected in 1902. Owner's inscription in pencil on front free fly leaf. Wear at ends of spine. Corners bumped. Slightly shaken. Else, Very Good.
Price: $45.00

8632
Chesterton, G. K.- Varied Types. New York. Dodd, Mead & Co. 1909. 269 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. T.e.g. Later American Edition. A series of literary essays, collected from The Daily News and The Speaker. Subjects range from E. B. Browning and Bret Harte to Savonarola. First collected in 1902, but not published in America till 1905. Owner's inscription in pen on front pastedown: "Dorthula A. Burch." Wear at ends of spine. Corners minimally bumped. Else, a Very Good, tight copy.
Price: $38.00

5939
Chesterton, Gilbert K.- The Incredulity of Father Brown. New York. Dodd, Mead & Co. 1926. 270 pp. 8vo. Tan Publisher's Cloth. First American Edition. The third of Chesterton's collections of Father Brown Stories. Contains "The Miracle of Moon Crescent," which Barzun & Taylor rate as among Chesterton's 10 best Father Brown Stories. Mild soiling of Covers. A few owner's markings. Else, Very Good. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #3677.
Price: $110.00

5940
Chesterton, Gilbert K.- The Innocence of Father Brown. New York. John Lane Co. 1911. 334 pp. + Publisher's ads. First American Edition. Illustrated by Will F. Foster. A title from HQ/QQ, the first book of Father Brown stories. Considered by Ellery Queen to be second only to Doyle's "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" among collections of English mystery stories. Two stories from Barzun & Taylor "Ten Best." Owner's bookplate. Mild cracking of rear hinge internally . Else, Very Good. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime, #3677.
Price: $200.00

5938
Chesterton, Gilbert K.- Manalive. New York. John Lane Co. 1912. 311 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. First American Edition . This novel is the story of an optimist, Innocent Smith, "a fanatic at the joy of life." Minimal foxing of end papers. Pencil inscriptions on end papers by owner. Else, Very Good. An outstanding copy of this item, bright, tight and clean.
Price: $75.00

5943
Chesterton, Gilbert K.- The Napoleon of Notting Hill. New York & London. John Lane: The Bodley Head. 1904. 301 pp. + Publ. Ads. 8vo. Green Publisher's Cloth with Pictorial Cover. First Edition (and First American Edition). Cover Illustration and seven illustrations of the text by William Graham Robertson. The True First Edition of Chesterton’s First Novel. May Have Inspired Orwell’s “1984”. Charming owner's bookplate. Chesterton foresaw the danger of the authoritarian state. The book is a fantasy with the major character modeled after Max Beerbohm. Collectivism, in the form of Communism, was perceived by Chesterton as a danger to the individual, but he misapprehended the dangers of Fascism. The influence of his friend Hillaire Belloc is noticeable. Spine browned and slight wear at head and tail. Else, a bright and Very Good copy.
Price: $195.00

5941
Chesterton, Gilbert K.- The Secret of Father Brown. New York. Harper & Bros. 1927. 278 pp. 8vo. Blue Publisher's Cloth with Green Lettering. Very Early Reprint, within 2 Months of First Publication. Illustrated by Frederick Dorr Steele. Chesterton at the height of his power with Father Brown. This volume contains three of what Barzun & Taylor consider the ten best Father Brown tales. Minor spotting on Rear Cover. Else, Very Good. Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (Rev. Ed.), #3677.
Price: $60.00


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