Chesterton, G. K. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1937. First American Edition.
Blue publisher's cloth with dark blue titles, spine & edges faded,, 6 x 8 inches, end papers with the Red Badge Detective series logos. 231 clean pp., tight. Former owner's signature on the ffep. No dj. Printed by the Vail-Ballou Press, Binghamton, NY. Good. Hardcover. 
"A philosopher said that the great events of the world take place in the human mind; and whether or not that is accepted in this day of violence, it is certain that G. K. Chesterton's stories of detection take place in the realm of abstract theory. No real blood is spilled in any of his crimes; only one fallacy or another is spitted. Father Brown, his first and most famous detective, defeated malefactors in the strength of his scholastic logic, and Mr. Pond, the hero of this posthumous collection, solves mysteries by the power of paradox. He is a mild and retiring Government official with a flavour of secret service about him, and conformably with his profession he is more than once called upon to deal with the underside of international affairs; even if the crime be private he may illuminate it by comparison with those complications of distant European nationality and party that so fly to the head of many modern Englishmen....As for Mr. Pond's 'paradoxes,' they issue from a capacity to notice what is lying under everybody's nose but everybody fails to observe, which is really the quintessence of the Chestertonian paradox." - Unsigned review, The Times Literary Supplement, 6 April 1937.
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.