New York: John Lane, 1905. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo (19cm); red cloth covered boards titled in gilt on the cover and spine; 324pp; small inkstain to upper corner of textblock; rubbing/ tiny scuff to rear board; hinge cracked at title page; shadow inside rear cover and evidence of [bookplate] removal; tiny blue bookseller's ticket inside rear cover [Brentano's, NY]; Very Good or better, lacking the dustjacket.
Second book in the Father Brown series. "Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil... He is a devout, educated and "civilized" clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behaviour. His character was thought to be based on Father John O’Connor, a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire." (from the publisher).