The Secret of Father Brown.London, Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1927 Stock Code: 138902
NotesFirst edition, first impression in the 7/6 dust jacket, of the fourth instalment in Chesterton's Father Brown series, preceded by The Innocence of Father Brown (1911), The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914), The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926), and followed by The Scandal of Father Brown (1935). "With his psychological approach to the problems of human frailty, and his endowment of the guilty with good as well as bad qualities, Chesterton's works of detective fiction assume a special importance in the genre, while Father Brown, whose most 'conspicuous quality was not being conspicuous', will be remembered as one of its most endearing characters" (Quayle).
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine in gilt. With the dust jacket.
From the library of Florence and Edward Kaye, both leading collectors of detective fiction, with their red calf book label lettered in gilt to the front pastedown. Front board a little bowed, the binding otherwise sharp and unfaded, internally clean and untoned. A near-fine copy in the very good, bright jacket, light wear to extremities, small closed tear to front panel, else bright and not clipped.
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