[London]: Cecil Palmer, (1927). Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 71 of 350 (250 per the bibliography) copies, quarto size, 374 pp., signed by Chesterton, with original publisher's slipcase. Near fine. Item #20082910
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, and he was an influence on noted writers such as C. S. Lewis, Jorge Luis Borges, and Neil Gaiman.
Per the bibliography, referring to the first edition of "The Collected Poems" (published June 1927), states, "[t]he poems in Book One, collected from the 'New Witness' and 'G.K.'s Weekly', appear in book form for the first time. All earlier volumes of poetry are included, except 'Greybeards at Play' and 'The Queen of Seven Swords'." This signed, limited edition was issued several months later, in November of 1927 (at a price of two guineas). It was issued in a cardboard slipcase, which is present with this copy but scarce in the marketplace, there being no other copies online still with the slipcase as of this writing.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter parchment with gilt lettering and a small decoration, boards covered with paper decorated with an all-over zig-zag design in black on pink, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, publisher's device on title page, signature of Chesterton on the limitation page (note that the limitation page states 350 copies were printed, whereas the bibliography states that 250 copies were printed), the contents are divided into six books: New Poems (1927), Ballad of St. Barbara (1923), Poems (1913), Wine, Water and Song (1915), The Ballad of the White Horse (1911), and The Wild Knight (1900); quarto size (10 1/8" by 7 1/8"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xvi, 1-358. Encased in the original plain cardboard slipcase with the matching limitation number ("71") lightly written in pencil at the top of one side.
___CONDITION: Volume could probably be graded fine, the parchment shelfback clean and the gilt bright, the boards clean and without rubbing, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean with some scattered foxing, and entirely free of prior owner markings (note that there is an old bookseller price of 1500 and a code written in pencil at the top corner of the front free endpaper); some discoloration to the gilt top and some light foxing on the shelfback, else fine. The slipcase very good, strong and sturdy, with some very light soiling, short splits just beginning at the opening, and the paper covering beginning to wear at the extremities revealing the cloth beneath.
___CITATION: Sullivan no. 69, the limited edition (see p. 66).
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