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.
  Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) began his literary career as a manuscript editor, quickly moving onto his preferred subject; art criticism. Once this also began to bore him, he started working for the Daily News, where he quickly became known for his ferocious verbal attacks when interviewing subjects. He then retired from the industry at just 29 to start writing novels full-time. A prolific writer and editor, by the end of his life Chesterton had written over 70 books, 4000 critical essays, and 200 short stories. He is remembered for his acerbic wit, and his friendships with literary giants such as George Bernard Shaw and Hilaire Belloc.

Provenance: With the contemporary booksellers plate from the O’ Conner Company of San Francisco.

First published August of the same year by Cassell, London.

References: Cooper & Pike,
Detective Fiction 80. Eric Quayle, Detective Fiction. Ellery Queen, The Detective Short Story, 21. Book and Magazine Collector, 2006, Issue No. 272 and 273. The New Yorker [web].

Octavo (book size 19.3x13.7cm), pp. [2] vi [2] 298 [4]. In publisher’s pale orange/pink cloth, spine and front board lettered and stamped in black and green, top edge tinted burgundy, light brown coloured endpapers patterned in green. Dust jacket without price, as published.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket with the exception of a modicum of fading to the spine.   Ref: 110230   Price: HK$ 16,000