New York: Dodd, Mead, 1911. First edition. Original gilt blue cloth, top edge gilt, uncut. Trace of wear to corners and spine ends. A nearly-fine copy. Item #886
"GOD IS NOT A SYMBOL OF GOODNESS. GOODNESS IS A SYMBOL OF GOD" First American edition of this fine introduction to the early work of G.K. Chesterton—a fresh, bright copy. This collection presents various passages selected from Chesterton's prolific first decade as an author, including: The Defendant (1901), Twelve Types (1902), Browning (1903), G.F. Watts (1904), The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904), Heretics (1905), Charles Dickens (1906), All Things Considered (1908), The Man Who was Thursday (1908), G.B. Shaw (1909), What is Wrong with the World (1910), William Blake (1910), Alarms and Discursions (1910). The title page features a quote from Orthodoxy, perhaps Chesterton's most important book: "Mere light sophistry is the thing I happen to despise most of all things, and it is perhaps a wholesome fact that this is the thing of which I am most generally accused." This American anthology varies slightly from A Chesterton Calendar, published in England in the same year. Sullivan, G.K. Chesterton: A Bibliography, 22.