A CENTURY OF DETECTIVE STORIES. With an Introduction by G. K. Chesterton. London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers, Ltd.), n.d. [1935]. Octavo, pp. [1-16] 17-1019 [1020: blank] [1021-1022: ads], original pictorial orange cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. Mammoth 1019-page anthology of crime fiction introduced by G. K. Chesterton. "Forty -five stories by forty-four strong practitioners of the twenties and thirties, almost all worth reading." - Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (1989) 3569. Includes stories by Edgar Allan Poe, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Edgar Wallace, Wilkie Collins, E. C. Bentley, Thomas Burke, H. C. Bailey, Dorothy Sayers, Ernest Bramah, Freeman Wills Crofts and many others. A follow-up volume was published in 1938. Bleiler (1978), p. 7. Reginald 02785. Old owner's signature at top edge of front paste-down. mild rubbing to cloth, a bit of dust soiling to cloth and mild darkening to spine panel, a very good copy. (#163660).

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