Chesterton (G.K.) The Club of Queer Trades


London and New York, Harper & Brothers, 1905.

First edition. 8vo. 4pp. advertisements. Publisher’s claret cloth blocked in black to upper cover and lettered in gilt to spine.

An uncommon collection of mystery short stories imbued with the supernatural, from the creator of Father Brown. Includes ‘Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown’ which some have suggested predicts the concept of an alt-reality game. Each story focusses on a person who makes his living by some unusual means (the “queer trade” of the title). To gain admittance one must have invented a unique means of earning a living and the subsequent trade being the main source of income.

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