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The Shadow Line

By Conrad, Joseph


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Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years. In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice. In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes. He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English—his third language. He once described himself as being concerned 'with the ideal value of things, events and people'; in the Preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' he defined his task as 'by the power of the written word ... before all, to make you see'.

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THE SHADOW-LINE

Conrad, Joseph

1917. [inscribed to Arthur Symons] A Confession. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons, (1917). 18 pp undated ads. Original light grey-green cloth decorated in brown. First Edition, first issue (so stated), of Conrad's third autobiographical (though fictionalized) work -- "a Far-Eastern story of a haunted ship... No reader of THE SHADOW-LINE will ever forget the first mate and the silent crew of the schooner which had such mysterious difficulty in passing latitude 8 degrees 20 minutes" [from the ads]. This copy is printed on laid paper, as usual (some copies, perhaps those intended for the colonies, are on wove paper). This is a remarkably fine, bright copy. Cagle A21a.1. Housed in a (dried) morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise.~This copy is inscribed and signed by Conrad, "Arthur Symons | from | Joseph Conrad | March 1917 [the month of publication]". Arthur Symons (1865-1945) was an author, a poet and a critic who was extremely influential in the "symbolist school" of the 1890s. As editor of The Savoy, in 1896 he published Conrad's first short story ("The Idiots"); according to Conrad's wife, Symons was the only poet Conrad read for pleasure (such that he used a Symons verse as the epigraph for TWIXT LAND & SEA in 1912). Symons and Conrad wound up as neighbors in Kent, and also had in common severe bouts with "nerves" during the years 1909-1912.

  • Published: 1917
Sold by: Sumner & Stillman
$7,250.00

THE SHADOW-LINE

Conrad, Joseph

1917. [inscribed to Clement Shorter] A Confession. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons, (1917). 18 pp undated ads. Original light grey-green cloth decorated in brown. First Edition, first issue (so stated), of Conrad's third autobiographical (though fictionalized) work -- "a Far-Eastern story of a haunted ship... No reader of THE SHADOW-LINE will ever forget the first mate and the silent crew of the schooner which had such mysterious difficulty in passing latitude 8 degrees 20 minutes" [from the ads]. This copy is printed on laid paper, as usual (some copies, perhaps those intended for the colonies, are on wove paper). This is a fine copy (spine lettering slightly dull, as usual for this wartime book). Cagle A21a.1. With the bookplates of Clement K. Shorter, of Walter and Dorothy Donnelly, and of the amazing Conrad collector Stanley J. Seeger. Housed in a custom clamshell case.~This copy is inscribed and signed by Conrad, "Clement Shorter | with great regard | from Joseph Conrad | March 1917 [the month of publication]". Conrad had first met the bibliophile and editor Clement Shorter (1859-1926) in 1898, when Conrad was working on his manuscript of THE RESCUER (ultimately published without the final "R" in 1920). The two resumed contact in 1916, when Conrad (always in need of cash) and Shorter devised a scheme to publish six of Conrad's miscellaneous writings in very-limited editions (beginning with ONE DAY MORE in February 1917, a month before this presentation). These "manufactured rarities" [Cagle] were quite a success, and Conrad collaborated with Thomas J. Wise on twenty more of them during the years 1919-1920.

  • Published: 1917
Sold by: Sumner & Stillman
$6,750.00

THE SHADOW-LINE

Conrad, Joseph

1917. [inscribed to John Millais] A Confession. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons, (1917). 18 pp undated ads. Original light grey-green cloth decorated in brown. First Edition, first issue (so stated), of Conrad's third autobiographical (though fictionalized) work -- "a Far-Eastern story of a haunted ship... No reader of THE SHADOW-LINE will ever forget the first mate and the silent crew of the schooner which had such mysterious difficulty in passing latitude 8 degrees 20 minutes" [from the ads]. This copy is printed on laid paper, as usual (some copies, perhaps those intended for the colonies, are on wove paper). This is a fine copy (spine lettering slightly dull, as usual for this wartime book). Cagle A21a.1. With the bookplate of the amazing Conrad collector Stanley J. Seeger. Housed in a custom clamshell case.~This copy is inscribed and signed by Conrad, "John Millais | from his friend | J. Conrad | March 1917 [the month of publication]". Sir John Everett Millais (1888-1920), the grandson of the famous Pre-Raphaelite painter by the same name, was a neighbor of the Conrads in Kent, who during the years 1916-1920 frequently came over to play chess with Conrad. A lieutenant in the Royal Navy, he had seen action on board the HMS Stephen Furness, but developed tuberculosis and was forced to retire in 1916, the year before this presentation; he succumbed to the disease in 1920, at the age of 32. His mother and Conrad's wife were also best of friends.

  • Published: 1917
Sold by: Sumner & Stillman
$6,500.00

THE SHADOW LINE

Conrad, Joseph

1917. A Confession. Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1917. Original blue cloth decorated in gilt, with dust jacket. First American Edition, published about a month after Dent's London edition. The American edition was set from proof sheets supplied by Dent, after which Conrad made changes that were effected in the UK edition but not in the US one; as a result, "the American edition provides an interesting intermediate text between the ENGLISH REVIEW and the first Dent edition, showing the extensive changes made from serial to copy text for the book, as well as the further polishing which took place in proof" [Cagle]. This is one of Conrad's most autobiographical tales; to quote from the dust jacket,~The "shadow line" is that dim boundary that divides youth from maturity. How a young first mate, who unexpectedly finds himself in command of a sailing vessel, leaves his carefree youth behind forever in the agonizing responsibility of a twenty-one day voy­age from Bankok [sic] to Singapore. His ship is becalmed, the whole crew stricken with fever and no quinine in the medicine chest!~This is a fine copy. The scarce dust jacket, which we seem to see only once or twice a decade, is very good (spine browned as always with these DP&Co jackets, minor soil and edgewear). Cagle A21b.1.

  • Published: 1917
Sold by: Sumner & Stillman
$1,950.00

The Shadow-Line: A Confession

Conrad, Joseph

London & Toronto: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd.; Paris: J. M. Dent et Fils, 1917. First edition, first issue (March 1917). 8vo. [vi], 227, [1] pp., + 18 pp. catalogue. Original green cloth stamped in brown. Fine copy. Smith 21; Cagle A21a(1)

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$400.00

The Shadow-Line: A Confession (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad)

Conrad, Joseph

Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. 1107024420 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

Sold by: Russell Books Ltd
$168.00

The Shadow-Line

Conrad, Joseph

Cambridge University Press, 2013. Hardcover. New. The most authoritative critical edition to date of Conrad's only major novel from 1914 to 1918, The Shadow-Line: A Confession.SKU: MM-60254437; EAN: 9781107024427

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$159.40

The Shadow-Line: A Confession

Conrad, Joseph

London and Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1917. First edition. Hardcover. 227; 18pp. Octavo [19 cm] Light green cloth with gilt and brown ink stamped titles, decorative borders and nautical designs on the spine and front cover. Very good. The spine is rolled and heavily darkened. The gilt stamped title on the spine has faded. The underlying front board is exposed along the fore edge, and there is a thin, 1" tall loss from the fore edge of the front board as well. The cloth at the head of the spine is frayed, and there are numerous short tears in the cloth at the foot of the spine. The front hinge is weak, and there is a previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. Tanned pages. Joseph Conrad was a Polish-born English author and master mariner, famous for writing Heart of Darkness in 1902.

  • Published: 1917
  • Edition: First edition
Sold by: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA
$150.00

The shadow line; A confession,

Conrad, Joseph

Doubleday, Page & company. Very Good;. 1917. First American Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Blue cloth cover with gilt title box has light wear to corners and caps. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Pages clean and in very good condition except for about 4 pages with a pen mark. Previous owner's name and date on title page. ; 4 pages .

  • Published: 1917
  • Condition: Very Good;
  • Edition: First American Edition; First Printing
Sold by: New Boston Fine and Rare Books
$150.00

SHADOW-LINE: A CONFESSION

CONRAD, Joseph

LONDON, DENT, 1917. NO DUST JACKET FIRST EDITION VERY GOOD. F.

  • Edition: F
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$150.00

The Shadow Line

Joseph Conrad

Kessinger Publishing. Paperback. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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The Shadow-Line: A Confession (Collected Works of Joseph Conrad)

Joseph Conrad

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The Shadow-Line: A Confession (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad)

Conrad, Joseph

Cambridge University Press, 2013. Book. New. Hardcover. New and in stock. 10/10/2013.

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The Shadow-Line: A Confession (Collected Works of Joseph Conrad)

Joseph Conrad

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The Shadow Line (A Confession)

Joseph Conrad

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The Shadow Line

CONRAD, Joseph

London:: J. M. Dent,, [1917]. First edition. publisher's cloth, in custom quarter morocco slipcase. Bookplates to front pastedown; both hinges badly cracked but intact; otherwise a bright fresh copy. 8vo,.

  • Published: [1917]
  • Condition: Bookplates to front pastedown; both hinges badly cracked but intact; otherwise a bright fresh copy
  • Edition: First edition
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The Shadow-Line: A Confession (Collected Works of Joseph Conrad)

Joseph Conrad

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The Shadow-Line: A Confession

Conrad, Joseph

London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1917. First edition. Hardcover. 227; 18pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Light green cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine, a brown ink stamped title on the front cover, and decorative brown ink stamped patterns on the spine and front cover. Good. The extremities are lightly bumped and rubbed. The spine is rolled. There is a previous owner's ink stamp on the front free endsheet, and there is a gift inscription in pencil on the front flyleaf. The text block is cracked in several places. Joseph Conrad was a Polish-born English author and master mariner, famous for writing Heart of Darkness in 1902.

  • Published: 1917
  • Edition: First edition
Sold by: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA
$75.00

The Shadow Line: A Confession

Conrad, Joseph

London & Toronto: J. M. Dent, 1917. 8vo. 227 pp. Very Good, Green Cloth with sun-fading, rubbing, edge wear; shelf wear; end papers stained. Provenance: John Ruyle, his bookplate inside cover. First Edition.

Sold by: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts
$65.00

The Shadow Line (Large Print)

Joseph Conrad

Echo Library, 2005-12-22. Paperback. Good. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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