London: R. Brimley Johnson, MCM . First Edition. Pictorial Boards. First Impression of Chesterton's first book, a collection of humorous verse, with his line drawings throughout. Crown 8vo (185 x 137mm): xii,102pp,pp, including 24 full-page illustrations. Publisher's white buckram spine lettered in black, orange sides with titles and decoration of an elderly gent on a hobby-horse to upper cover in black, white, and lemon-yellow (no dust wrapper was issued). Mild browning to end papers, boards moderately dust-soiled, but a tight, bright copy of this scarce debut. Sullivan A1. Near Fine+. Item #BB1831
From this humble start, Chesterton went on to write several hundred more poems and some 80 books and 200 short stories, as well as about 4,000 essays (notably, articles for the Encyclopedia Britannica, including the entry on Charles Dickens and part of the entry on Humor in the 14th edition of 1929) and several plays. His best-known character is the priest-detective Father Brown, who appeared only in short stories. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).