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. . .
  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.

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

References: Cooper & Pike,
Detective Fiction, 80. Eric Quayle, Detective Fiction. Ellery Queen, The Detective Short Story, 22. Book and Magazine Collector, 2006, Issue No. 272 and 273. The New Yorker [web].

Octavo (book size 20.4x14.6cm), pp. [6] 231 [3]. In publisher’s blue cloth lettered in dark blue to spine and front board, top edge tinted blue, fore-edge untrimmed, lower edge trimmed, publisher’s cream endpapers with ‘Red Badge Detective’ logo and lightening patterns in red. Dust jacket priced ‘$2.00’ to upper corner of front flap, all flap corners with publisher’s decorative trim.
  Condition: Near fine, minor fading to spine and edges of cloth, scattered light foxing to first and last few pages, in fine dust jacket with just a hint of rubbing to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 110229   Price: HK$ 3,800