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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA
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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA

By Conrad, Joseph

1906. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1906. Original blue cloth pictorially decorated in yellow, grey and brown. First (American) Edition, published on the same day as the London one. This was Conrad's first volume of autobiographical non-fiction.~This copy is in Cagle's binding "a," with the smaller (17x11mm) anchor-and-rope device on the front cover -- probably the earlier binding state, and certainly the one more-frequently encountered. This is a near-fine copy, with just a touch of rubbing at the extremities. Cagle A11b.

$295.00

THE HOUSE OF PRIDE and Other Tales of Hawaii
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THE HOUSE OF PRIDE and Other Tales of Hawaii

By London, Jack

1914. London: Mills & Boon, n.d. [1914]. 28 pp undated ads. Original medium blue cloth. First English Edition, first (?) printing. This collection of six "tales of Hawaii" was first published in the U.S. in March 1912; according to Blanck, the first Mills & Boon (U.K.) edition did not come out until April 1914. Mills & Boon did not date their books, nor did they provide any indication of printing history; this makes their printings very hard to differentiate. In this copy's ads and on its half-title verso, no London books are listed that were first published later than 1913 -- which does seem to imply that this is the first printing, from early 1914.~Condition is good-to-very good (minor soil and edge-wear, spine faded, endpapers cracked); this is typical condition because THE HOUSE OF PRIDE is a very cheaply-produced volume, appropriate for the imminent outbreak of war. Sisson & Martens p. 62; Blanck 11936.~The front free endpaper is inscribed by Jack London, "Dear Sonya: -- Sincerely yours, Jack London Aug. 21, 1915." This was most likely Sara "Sonya" Levien (1888-1960), who was born in Russia to a Jewish family of radical politics, having made their way to the U.S. to escape persecution (in fact "Levien" was actually the name of their German rescuer). From 1907 to 1912 she was a writer and editor for such publications as "Success," "The Woman's Journal" (pro-suffragism) and "The Metropolitan." In 1913-1914 (during which time this book was published) she was in England reporting on British suffragism -- perhaps she bought this book then? -- but due to the outbreak of war, in late 1914 she returned to America -- and apparently had Jack sign this a year later. She engaged in further writing and, especially, in screenwriting for the nascent film industry; she would go on to become the most highly paid female screenwriter of the 1930s. There are numerous letters recorded between her and Jack London.

$775.00

NOSTROMO
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NOSTROMO

By Conrad, Joseph

1904. A Tale of the Seaboard. London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1904. Original dark blue cloth decorated in light blue. First Edition of Conrad's great novel involving a South American silver mine, and the corruption and dishonesty fostered by its riches.~Conrad was extending his "Lord Jim" theme: that the man who slowly grows rich can be a victim of the silver, not its conqueror; that wealth is not something gained but a trap for those who relinquish, however momentarily, their sense of themselves...~It was no coincidence that Conrad was in severe financial straits during the years that he wrote these novels. Despite (or perhaps reflecting) the two and a half years Conrad spent laboring over NOSTROMO, the book was not widely acclaimed upon its publication:~The reviews were nearly all bound to discourage the reader. [John] Buchan's estimation is characteristic: "It is not a book which the casual reader will appreciate. The sequence of events has to be sought painfully through the mazes of irrelevancy with which the author tries to mislead us. But it is a book which will repay those who give it the close attention which it deserves." [Karl]~Today there are many readers, both those who love NOSTROMO and those who cannot get through it, who would still agree with Buchan.~It is believed that the first edition consisted of about 2000 copies; we find it to be rather scarce, about third or fourth among Conrad's books. This is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any wear other than a tiny nick in the spine-head; the spine gilt is unusually bright. As is typical for this thick wove paper, there is some foxing on the leaves within (mainly just on the first few leaves and on the page edges). Cagle A10a.1; one of the "Modern Library 100" great novels of the 20th Century.

$1450.00

AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS
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AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS

By Conrad, Joseph

1896. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. 1 page preliminary undated ads. Original dark green cloth. First Edition of Conrad's second book, preceded only by (and containing many of the same characters as) ALMAYER'S FOLLY. After Edward Garnett (then a reader at Unwin's) had "discovered" Conrad and helped him get his first book published, he worked very closely with Conrad on this one -- so much so that some biographers have suggested that Garnett's name should have appeared on the title page as co-author. OUTCAST is considered the middle volume of Conrad's only trilogy; the third volume, which he began right after OUTCAST but could not complete for almost a quarter of a century, was ultimately published in 1920 as THE RESCUE.~This is an unusually bright copy, essentially without wear, fine except for a few faint front cover droplet-marks. The number of copies issued is not known, but in this condition this book has become rather scarce. Cagle A2a.1. Housed in a handsome morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise.

$1350.00

TYPHOON and Other Stories
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TYPHOON and Other Stories

By Conrad, Joseph

1903. London: William Heinemann, 1903. 2 pp preliminary ads + 32 pp terminal ads, undated. Original dark grey cloth with front-cover life preserver in gilt. First Edition, first (i.e. non-Colonial) issue, limited to 1,500 copies. In addition to the title tale, the "other stories" are "Amy Foster," "Falk" and "To-morrow" ("Falk" is the tale that centers upon Conrad's often-recurring theme of cannibalism). "Typhoon" had been published in New York in 1902, prior to Conrad's final revisions that are reflected in the text of this English edition; the other three appear in book form for the first time here.~This is a "pure" domestic copy, with the domestic half-title and title leaves; demand from British booksellers was so great that the binder subsequently had to create "hybrid" copies, transferring colonial copies to the domestic market and back again. It is in Cagle's binding "a" -- with 110mm between "Conrad" and "Heinemann" on the spine, and with the pages trimmed at the top edge only. This copy does include the 32-page ad catalogue that is present in some but not all copies.~Its condition is very good-plus, perhaps near-fine: it is bright and has scarcely any wear, but there is some bubbling of the cloth, a flaw that frequently afflicts this Heinemann title. Cagle A8b(1).

$395.00

YOUTH: A Narrative. And Two Other Stories
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YOUTH: A Narrative. And Two Other Stories

By Conrad, Joseph

1902. ["Heart of Darkness"] Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1902. 32 pp ads dated Nov 1902. Original light green cloth decorated in black. First Edition. Although "Youth" gets top billing on the title page and binding, this book is sought largely for one of the "two other stories": the first appearance in book form of "Heart of Darkness," Conrad's classic tale of a journey up the Congo -- into the darkness of the jungle and of man's primal instincts. Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film "Apocalypse Now" placed the same character, Kurtz, in Vietnam War-era Cambodia.~This copy has the ad catalogue in the second state (same first edition leaves, just a different ad catalogue inserted by the binder). Condition is very good-plus (spine a little sunned, quite minor wear at the spine ends, endpapers lightly cracked). Cagle A7a.1.

$1450.00

AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS
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AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS

By Conrad, Joseph

1896. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. 1 page preliminary undated ads. Original dark green cloth. First Edition of Conrad's second book, preceded only by (and containing many of the same characters as) ALMAYER'S FOLLY. After Edward Garnett (then a reader at Unwin's) had "discovered" Conrad and helped him get his first book published, he worked very closely with Conrad on this one -- so much so that some biographers have suggested that Garnett's name should have appeared on the title page as co-author. OUTCAST is considered the middle volume of Conrad's only trilogy; the third volume, which he began right after OUTCAST but could not complete for almost a quarter of a century, was ultimately published in 1920 as THE RESCUE.~This is an unusually bright copy, essentially without wear, fine except for a couple of very faint front cover marks. The number of copies issued is not known, but in this condition this book has become rather scarce. Cagle A2a.1.

$975.00

'TWIXT LAND AND SEA
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'TWIXT LAND AND SEA

By Conrad, Joseph

1912. [in (original?) glassine] Hodder & Stoughton / New York / George H. Doran Company, n.d. [1912]. Original red cloth. First American Edition of this three-tale collection best known for "The Secret Sharer" -- Conrad's most famous short story other than "Heart of Darkness." This was Doran's first and only printing of this book (these were relatively small printings, as Conrad's popularity was then at its nadir). It was produced by Doran in collaboration with the English publisher Hodder & Stoughton -- whose name appears at the foot of the spine. Within ten months Doran sold the copyright and plates to Doubleday Page, who (due to the success of Conrad's next book CHANCE) promptly issued another printing, in similar bright red cloth but with a ship vignette added to Doran's binding. That DP&Co reprint would be noteworthy because it would be Conrad's first association with Doubleday Page (who would thereafter be his American publisher), and also because it would be the first volume bound in DP's "Conrad style" (as all the others would be, though in navy blue rather than red cloth).~This is a near-fine copy (very slight rubbing at the corners). This copy comes in an old (slightly edge-worn) plain glassine wrapper -- possibly original. Cagle A16b.

$450.00

TALES OF HEARSAY
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TALES OF HEARSAY

By Conrad, Joseph

1925. With a Preface by R.B. Cunninghame Graham. Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1925. Original blue cloth, with dust jacket. First Edition (American -- published on the same day as the English edition). This posthumous collection of four tales, published the year after Conrad died, includes "The Tale," considered to be one of his best short stories. The others are "The Warrior's Soul," "Prince Roman" and (one of his earliest, written around 1884) "The Black Mate."~This copy is in the primary binding, with gilt lettering on the spine (some copies are lettered there in light green). The volume and dust jacket are fine except for the usual slight tanning of the light blue jacket; the jacket is price-clipped, but every copy we have seen has been identically clipped, so we suspect it was done by the publisher. In our opinion the American edition is less common than the English one, especially in this condition. Keating 194; Smith pp 96-98.

$350.00

VICTORY
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VICTORY

By Conrad, Joseph

1915. An Island Tale. London: Methuen & Co., (1915). 4 pp ads dated Autumn 1915 plus 31 pp ads dated "8/5/15". Original red cloth with gilt-decorated spine. First English Edition. This was issued about six months after the New York edition, due to delays related to Conrad's displeasure with Methuen ("It was Conrad's last book with Methuen and one wonders who was more relieved at that, the author, the publisher or the agent" [Cagle]). During this six months' delay, with the Great War underway, Conrad added his wartime preface in which he discusses the "Teutonic psychology" of the character Schomberg. This would be the last of the five Conrad books bound by Methuen in this shell-and-coral binding (three of them red, two green).~The title page does have the comma after "Street," lacking from later copies in the print run. This is a bright copy, just about fine (the merest hint of wear at the upper spine tips -- with virtually none of the usual fading of the spine, and no foxing). Cagle A19.b.1. Provenance: partially-removed bookplate of Dorothy Furman, whose book collection was sold at the Walpole Galleries in 1923.

$550.00

THE ROVER
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THE ROVER

By Conrad, Joseph

1923. London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1923). Original dark green cloth, with dust jacket. First English Edition, published two days after the American trade edition.~In December [1921], Conrad began The Rover as a short story. It was clearly an outgrowth of his stay in Corsica... [which] triggered a whole series of memories and reminiscences about a "seaman's return"... The fact of Peyrol's Frenchness -- he outsmarts the English and helps the French fleet break out of Toulon and escape Nelson's blockade -- suggests that Conrad was still restructuring his own life...~The idea of a "rover," with its ambiguity of a man who, Odysseus-like, strives for experience, had been Conrad's plan in all his major fiction after The Shadow-Line... He was exploring what for him was his political, social, and moral world, that society summed up by life on the sea and those who can understand its message. Some of the passages in The Rover display Conrad in his best form, and they are, not improbably, passages of the sea. [Karl]~This is a fine copy (spine gilt less than bright as usual). Included is the standard dust jacket with black and reddish-brown on white (other copies, perhaps those headed overseas, have a different jacket); the jacket is near-fine (just a bit of soil, light wear at the top of its spine -- understandable since the jacket is slightly taller than the volume). Loosely inserted is Unwin's four-page Conrad leaflet that went out in some copies. Keating 180.

$325.00

THE MIRROR OF THE SEA [inscribed by Conrad]
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THE MIRROR OF THE SEA [inscribed by Conrad]

By Conrad, Joseph

1906. [inscribed by Conrad] New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1906. Original blue cloth pictorially decorated in yellow, grey and brown. First (American) Edition, published on the same day as the London one. This was Conrad's first volume of autobiographical non-fiction. This copy is in Cagle's binding "a," with the smaller (17x11mm) anchor-and-rope device on the front cover -- probably the earlier binding state, and certainly the one more-frequently encountered. This is a very good copy (spine darkened, rubbing at extremities and of pictorial pigment). Cagle A11b. Housed in an attractive cloth slipcase with inner chemise.~This is an inscribed presentation copy from Conrad, with the following endpaper inscription: "To Elena Wright | affectionately, from | her friend the Author | 4th Oct. 1906." Eleanor Annie "Elena" Wright (1877-1961) was Jessie Conrad's first cousin -- the daughter of Jessie's mother's sister Sophie -- who took dictation and typed for Conrad during these early years. In fact, THE MIRROR OF THE SEA owes a lot to Elena Wright: as Ford Madox Hueffer (Conrad's co-author of the recent ROMANCE) later recalled, Conrad "wrote" this book by reminiscing out loud (with Elena Wright taking it all down) -- in Hueffer's presence (Hueffer typically takes much credit for reminding Conrad of many events). Three things are noteworthy about this inscription: first, that it is so familiar ("affectionately, from her friend"); second, that at this early stage of Conrad's career (he would not hit it big until CHANCE in 1914), he chose to inscribe with humility, i.e. to write "the Author" rather than his signature; and third, that the date "4th Oct. 1906" was the actual date of publication of both the UK and US editions. (There is also a more recent inscription on the same leaf: "Eve Goodman from J.S. Hall | in memory of Nell"; since "Nell" is often a nickname for Eleanor, these people were quite likely descendants of Elena Wright.) Provenance: small bookplate of Stanley J. Seeger (his sale II, lot 254).

$3950.00

CHANCE
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CHANCE

By Conrad, Joseph

1914. A Tale in Two Parts. London: Methuen & Co., (1914). 8 pp ads dated Autumn 1913. Original green cloth decorated in gilt. First Edition of the novel that revived Conrad's career, a popular smash after about a decade without one. Conrad had been working on it since 1906. It was the success of CHANCE that caused many of his earlier works to be reprinted.~This copy is in the first published state (with the cancel title leaf dated 1914 on the verso, tipped onto the stub of the leaf that had original been so dated 1913) -- it is believed that only about 52 copies were issued with the integral 1913 title leaf before a binder's strike delayed publication into 1914. This copy has the spine brass reading "METHUEN," the 8-page Autumn ad catalogue with THE MYSTERY OF DR. FU MANCHU leading off p. 6, and withOUT closing quotation marks after "Narcissus" on the half-title verso. This is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any wear and with only a bit of the usual foxing (mainly on the page edges and on the first few leaves). Cagle A17a.10.

$375.00

THE WRECKER
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THE WRECKER

By Stevenson, Robert Louis and Osbourne, Lloyd

1892. Illustrated by William Hole and W.L. Metcalf. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892. 8 pp undated ads (listing this title as "In Press"). Original light brown cloth decorated in grey-green and black. First American Edition (published two days after the English) of this mystery involving the disappearance of a ship -- based upon an actual occurrence the Stevensons encountered en route to Samoa. A volume on the expanded list of J.K. Lilly's "89 Good Novels of the Sea," THE WRECKER is often cited as the book that bridges the gap between Stevenson's European/American past and his Pacific future (such as it would be). Stevenson's stepson actually wrote each chapter, which would then be rewritten by RLS before the next chapter was begun.~This American edition is considerably scarcer than Cassell's London edition -- and also comes with a highly-decorative binding. This is a fine copy, the cleanest we have ever seen. Beinecke 559.

$250.00

THE WRECKER
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THE WRECKER

By Stevenson, Robert Louis and Osbourne, Lloyd

1892. Illustrated by William Hole and W. L. Metcalf. London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, 1892. 12 pp ads dated May 1892. Original blue cloth. First Edition of this mystery involving the disappearance of a ship, based on an actual event the Stevensons encountered en route to Samoa. A volume on the "expanded list" of J. K. Lilly's "89 Good Novels of the Sea," THE WRECKER is often cited as the book that bridges the gap between Stevenson's European/American past and his Pacific future (such as it would be). Stevenson's stepson actually wrote each chapter, which RLS would then revise before the next chapter was begun.~This is a very good-plus copy (very slight rubbing at the corners, minor cracking of the rear endpaper). Beinecke 558; Princeton 49.

$225.00

THE TURTLES OF TASMAN
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THE TURTLES OF TASMAN

By London, Jack

1916. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916. 5 pp undated ads. Original mauve cloth pictorially decorated in black and orange. First Edition, which consisted of 5914 copies -- far fewer than many of London's earlier works. Jack spent most of 1915 and early 1916 on two extended trips to Hawaii, and the eight tales of this collection were written there. During this time Jack reached out to his estranged fifteen-year-old daughter Joan, appealing to her to start getting to know him via the mails (since he knew his ex-wife had forbidden their daughters to meet Charmian). The title story is a fantasy "in which a dark-eyed, flashing daughter came back to a ranch with her dying father in order to hear his stories of adventure and to light his cigars until he passed away in peace" [Sinclair]. The titles of the final two tales of the book are further indication that Jack knew his days were numbered: "Finis" and "The End of the Story." Jack London died about a month after TURTLES was published.~This is an attractive book (decorative trade binding by "G.H."), in near-fine condition (light rubbing at the extremities). In our experience this is a rather scarce title, especially in decent condition. Sisson & Martens p. 90; Blanck 11968.

$400.00

AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS
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AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS

By Conrad, Joseph

1896. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896. 10 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in red and black. First American Edition of Conrad's second book, issued as #198 in Appleton's "Town and Country Library." Books in the "Town and Country Library" were issued in three formats: this standard one in cloth (priced at $1.00), one for half that price in wrappers, and a deluxe one (actually a separate printing) in half leather. The text for this title was considerably bowdlerized: to quote from Cagle,~Because AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS was scheduled for inclusion in a family library series, it was decided, in the interest of propriety, to purge it of all descriptions, however innocent, of love making between Willems and Aissa. Where necessary, the editors wrote their own linking passages.~This is a fine copy (one fore-corner slightly bumped). Cagle A2b.2.

$325.00

ROMANCE
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ROMANCE

By Conrad, Joseph & Hueffer, Ford M.

1904. A Novel. Illustrated by Charles R. Macauley. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1904. 8 pp undated ads. Original blue cloth decorated in grey. First American (and first illustrated) Edition of this the second collaboration between Conrad and Hueffer. This is a bright copy, fine externally; the first few leaves are creased, and the front endpaper has a little edge-damage and is browned from the presence of a 1976 receipt for this book. Cagle A9b. Provenance: the front endpaper bears, in addition to a May 1904 gift inscription, the penciled signature of Conrad bibliographer Walter E. Smith.

$325.00

BALLADS
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BALLADS

By Masefield, John

1903. London: Elkin Mathews, 1903. Original light olive green wrappers. First Edition of Masefield's second book, being the thirteenth volume in the publisher's "Vigo Cabinet Series." As with his first book (SALT-WATER BALLADS of the year before), this is a volume of verse of the sea; although 762 copies of BALLADS were issued (compared to 500 of the earlier book), we find this to be the scarcer of the two -- undoubtedly because it was issued in delicate wrappers rather than in cloth.~The leaves of this copy are partly unopened, and the book itself is in remarkably fine condition -- a little of the usual fading but entirely without wear. It is housed in a (spotted) morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise, which bears the small leather bookplate of [Major] W. Van R. Whitall, collector and bibliographer, whose notable library was sold at a 1927 auction. Simmons 2.

$200.00

TYPHOON and Other Stories
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TYPHOON and Other Stories

By Conrad, Joseph

1903. London: William Heinemann, 1903. 2 pp preliminary ads + 32 pp terminal ads, undated. Original dark grey cloth with front-cover life preserver in gilt. First Edition, first (i.e. non-Colonial) issue, limited to 1,500 copies. In addition to the title tale, the "other stories" are "Amy Foster," "Falk" and "To-morrow" ("Falk" is the tale that centers upon Conrad's often-recurring theme of cannibalism). "Typhoon" had been published in New York in 1902, prior to Conrad's final revisions that are reflected in the text of this English edition; the other three appear in book form for the first time here.~This is a "pure" domestic copy, with the domestic half-title and title leaves; demand from British booksellers was so great that the binder subsequently had to create "hybrid" copies, transferring colonial copies to the domestic market and back again. It is in Cagle's binding "a" -- with 110mm between "Conrad" and "Heinemann" on the spine, and with the pages trimmed at the top edge only. This copy does include the 32-page ad catalogue that is present in some but not all copies.~It is in close-to-fine condition (very slight cracking of the front endpaper). Cagle A8b(1).

$550.00

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