New York: 1943. Mass market paperback. Original paperback (6 3/8 inches tall), perfect-bound in original illustrated wrapper, pink endpapers, all edges red. Text tanned but clean, minor edge-wear. Very good indeed. Item #1232
CHESTERTON'S "FAMOUS PRIEST-DETECTIVE"
Second World War printing of Chesterton's Father Brown stories—an excellent copy of the Pocket Book edition with front wrapper illustrated by Leo Manso.
G.K. Chesterton was "the first man of our time to introduce the great name of God into a detective story...to enlarge the boundaries of the detective story by making it deal with death and real wickedness and real, that is to say, divine judgment" (Dorothy Sayers). Printed in the fall of 1943, this Pocket Book edition collects 17 stories featuring Chesterton's "famous priest-detective," from The Flying Stars to The Secret of Flambeau. Manso's depiction of Father Brown (with pipe and umbrella) captures perfectly the priest's reliance on the principles of "deduction and introspection" (Antonio Gramsci) while the rear wrapper ("The Father of Paradox") describes Father Brown as "the most human, most lovable, and the wisest of all fictional detectives" and Chesterton himself as the "absolute master of paradox." First printed in October 1943: this November 1943 printing includes a publisher's catalogue ("Pocket Book Best Sellers"), the statement complying with the War Production Board economy regulations, and the publisher's offer to "send this book to a boy in the armed forces anywhere in the U.S" for three cents postage.