Chesterton, G. K. Appreciations and Criticisms of the works of Charles Dickens. London | New York: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd. | E. P. Dutton & Co., 1911. First American Edition.
Blue publisher's cloth decorated in blind & gilt, 6 x 9 inches, top page edge gilt, private bookplate, frontispiece of Dickens, xxx., 243 pp., generally tight, one front end paper hinge a bit open. The tissue guard is present, yet there is some offsetting from the frontispiece to the title page. Good. Hardcover. 
"These 'Appreciations and Criticisms' are the separate prefaces originally published to the works of Dickens in Everyman Library...Considered as a criticism of Dickens' writings, this volume is extremely disappointing, but read as a series of essays by Mr. Chesterton, the contents are intensely entertaining. Mr. Chesterton is bold; he argues valiantly; we see the universe standing on its head (or heads), an dwe feel the better for the experience." - unsigned review, The Academy, 8 April 1911.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), English journalist whose works include nearly all forms of written expression, including essays, novels, short stories, poems, plays, biography, and literary criticism. A Christian thinker, he sounded some of the earliest warnings against the tyranny of the modern state, and lamented the loss of wonder & beauty in modern life.