London: The Classic Press, 1924. Robinson, T. H. Hardcover. Sixteenmo size, 60 pp. Very good + / good +. Item #19060114
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was a major writer of novels, poetry, and Christian apologetics; he is perhaps best known for his series of detective stories featuring the priest-detective Father Brown, and for such apologetics as "Orthodoxy" and "The Everlasting Man". A forceful and prolific writer, Chesterton's works feature his masterful grasp of language and wit as well as his strong Christian faith; in addition, he was an influence on noted writers such as C. S. Lewis, Jorge Luis Borges, and Neil Gaiman.
"The End of the Roman Road" is an essay containing Chesterton's trademark sincerity and wit, written just after World War I. At the time of this writing, it appears that this volume is the only copy online with the dust jacket.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, gilt lettering on the front board, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, marbled grey endpapers, frontispiece a four-colour illustration by T. H. Robinson, black-and-white headpiece and running illustrations along the top of each page by Robinson throughout; sixteenmo size (6.25" by 4.5"), pagination: [1-6] 7-60. In a white paper dust jacket with colour illustration by Robinson and black lettering on the front panel, black lettering on the spine, other books by the publisher listed on the rear panel; the dust jacket is unclipped, but there is no price.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good plus, with a strong square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; boards have light soiling, the head and tail of the spine are lightly bumped, light toning to the verso of the half-title page, cracked gutters at pp. 16-17 and at 48-49 (but the text block remains strong). The dust jacket is good plus, unclipped, with overall soiling and edge wear, chipping to the head and tail of the spine and corners, with some loss to the bottom edge top corner of the front panel and top of the rear flap, but no loss of text, and an old dampstainto the upper fore-edge corner of the front panel; please see pictures and request more if needed. Even with the condition issues to the dust jacket, this is a better than very good book in a scarce jacket.
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