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The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond - G. K. Chesterton

1937 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
A superb copy of G. K. Chesterton's final “collection”, eight detective stories, published after his death in 1936. The main characters in the book are Mr. Pond, his friend Captain Peter Gahagan, a romantic and impulsive Irishman, and a well-known government official, Sir Hubert Wotton.

‘ …he was curiously like the pond in the garden. He was so quiet at all normal times, so neat in shape and so shiny, so to speak, in his ordinary reflections of earth and sky and the common daylight. And yet I knew there were some queer things in the pond in the garden. Once in a hundred times, on one or two days during the whole year, the pond would look oddly different; or there would come a flitting shadow or a flash in its flat serenity; and a fish or a frog or some more grotesque creature would show itself to the sky. And I knew there were monsters in Mr. Pond also: monsters in his mind which rose only for a moment to the surface and sank again. They took the form of monstrous remarks, in the middle of all his mild and rational remarks. Some people thought he had suddenly gone mad in the midst of his sanest conversation. But even they had to admit that he must have suddenly gone sane again. . . 
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Four Faultless Felons - G. K. Chesterton

1930 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
A fine copy in a rare fine example of the dust jacket designed by Arthur Hawkins.

Four stories bound together by a basic paradox. The stories are ‘
The Moderate Murderer’, ‘The Honest Quack’, ‘The Ecstatic Thief’, and ‘The Loyal Traitor’.

‘Dazzling reading from cover to cover.’ –
The New York Times. 
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The Personal History of David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

Circa 1900 - Chapman and Hall Ltd., London - Universal Edition of Works
‘Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.’

Finely bound early edition with the illustrated title pages and the 40 original illustrations by ‘Phiz’.

‘In this book of
David Copperfield, [Dickens] has created creatures who cling to us and tyrannise over us, creatures whom we would not forget if we could, creatures whom we could not forget if we would, creatures who are more actual than the man who made them.’ – G. K. Chesterton

The story of a boy making his way in the world, and finding himself as a man and as a writer. In the first half, before Dickens's irrepressible storytelling kicks in and the motor of the novel starts to hum with incident, we find him almost meditating on his literary beginnings. The second half displays Dickens at his magnificent, and often uneven, best. There are the characteristic prose arpeggios, the virtuoso similes and metaphors, and the parade of timeless characters: Mr Micawber, Mrs Gummidge, Betsey Trotwood, Barkis, Uriah Heep, Steerforth, Mr Spenlow (of Spenlow and Jorkins) and Miss Mowcher.
 
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Price HK$ 2,000