First Editions of the First Two Father Brown CollectionsG. K. Chesterton. First Editions of the First Two Father Brown Collections, including: The Innocence of Father Brown. London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1911. First edition. Octavo. 336 pages. With eight full-page plates by Sydney Seymour Lucas. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles. Minimal shelf wear. One small dampstain to the bottom of the front board. Textblock edge a bit dust-soiled but internal contents are bright and clean. A near fine copy. [and:] The Wisdom of Father Brown. London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1914. First edition. Octavo. 312 pages. With a colour frontispiece by Sidney Seymour Lucas. Publisher's light blue cloth with gilt spine titles and blind-stamped titles on front board. Minor shelf wear. Spine sunned. Foxing to half-title page. All in all, a very good copy. Title page of each book slightly toned from the frontispiece tissue guard. A great opportunity to jump-start a Father Brown collection.
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