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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1904. First edition : in the variant binding with “The Bodley Head” rather than “John Lane” at the foot of the spine (Sullivan D). Chesterton’s fantasy of a future London – the monarch is drawn by lots and the choice falls on Auberon Quin, easily recognised (even without the illustrations) as Max Beerbohm, incarnation of the spirit of satire. His polar opposite is the fanatically serious Adam Wayne, provost of Notting Hill. War breaks out between opposing philosophies. “Mr. Chesterton is well known as a sprightly essayist, with a pen much mightier in dialectics than the sword. This, however, is his first serious attempt as a novelist, and at the outset we make haste to say he has done exceedingly well ... Brilliant always, fantastic, and full of polished epigrams” (Leeds Mercury, 5th April 1904).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (302),[ii] + [4],[xvi]pp inserted advertisements. Seven plates by Walford Graham Robertson (1866-1948). Map of the seat of war. Original pale green pictorial cloth in a striking design by Robertson; top edge green, others untrimmed; a little worn at tips; spine a little darkened and sunned; some signs of age and use; endpapers a little tanned; a few internal spots; a few minor nicks and creases; occasional light pencil marks, but overall a good copy. Sullivan 7 – not noting the inserted advertisements, which appear to be slightly later.

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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.

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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.

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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.

£40

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