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ALMAYER'S FOLLY
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ALMAYER'S FOLLY

By Conrad, Joseph

1895. A Story of an Eastern River. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. Original dark olive green cloth. First Edition of Joseph Conrad's first book, an edition believed to have consisted of 1000-1250 copies. Conrad, after meeting the real "Olmeijer" in East Borneo in 1887, gradually produced the manuscript of this book over the six years 1889-1895. He submitted it to Unwin for consideration in their "Pseudonym Library", using the pseudonym "Kamudi" (Malayan for "rudder") -- enclosing the return postage, so sure was he of its rejection. However, Unwin's reader Edward Garnett saw the manuscript's promise and accepted it for non-pseudonymous publication. This copy is in the first state (as are most copies), with the letters missing from the last two lines of page 110. Condition is very good-plus, perhaps near-fine: there is a touch of wear at the spine ends, but the original endpapers remain intact, there is very little of the usual foxing, and the spine gilt remains bright. Cagle A1a.1.

$1250.00

SOME REMINISCENCES
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SOME REMINISCENCES

By Conrad, Joseph

1912. London: Eveleigh Nash, 1912. 2 pp undated ads. Original dark blue cloth. First Edition of this autobiographical work, which initially appeared serially in Ford Madox Ford's newly-founded "English Review." What is remarkable about Conrad's reminiscences is how clearly he employed fictional techniques worked out with Ford,... wherein the narrative intensity increases as the story develops. To achieve that, Conrad used a constantly interrupted narrative as a way of unsettling conventional sequences and, thereby, established anticipation of the next episode. Conrad needed a method that permitted intimacy, up to a certain point, and then withdrawal, when he had revealed enough... so his reminiscences would be matters of attack and retreat. [Karl] Conrad's 17-page "Familiar Preface" is signed "J.C.K." to reflect his Polish last name Korzeniowski. SOME REMINISCENCES is generally believed to have slightly preceded the American edition -- which, as with subsequent English editions, was titled A PERSONAL RECORD. Wise claimed that only 1,000 copies were printed (apparently including some bound by Bell as the colonial issue), but Nash records have not survived to substantiate this. This is a near-fine copy with only the slightest of edge-wear. Cagle A15b.1.

$425.00

FALK / AMY FOSTER / TOMORROW
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FALK / AMY FOSTER / TOMORROW

By Conrad, Joseph

1903. Three Stories. New York: McClure, Phillips and Company, 1903. 10 pp undated ads. Original blind-stamped dark blue cloth. First American Edition, first printing. These are the three "other stories" that had appeared in TYPHOON AND OTHER STORIES (London 1903); "Typhoon" itself had already been published separately the year before in America, where Putnam owned the serial and book rights -- which is why it does not appear here. The story "Falk" is noteworthy as Conrad's most concentrated treatment of his recurrent theme of cannibalism. This is an attractive, close-to-fine copy (very minor rubbing at the corners). Cagle A8c.

$350.00

THE CHILDREN OF THE SEA [C. W. Stoddard copy]
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THE CHILDREN OF THE SEA [C. W. Stoddard copy]

By Conrad, Joseph

1897. A Tale of the Forecastle. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1897. Original pictorial light blue-grey mottled cloth. First Edition, first issue, of the tale subsequently published as THE NIGGER OF THE "NARCISSUS." Conrad wrote this story with the "Nigger" title, but consented to change the title for the American edition (which preceded the English); the publisher's argument was not that the "Nigger" title might be offensive, but rather that the white American book-buying public would not buy the book if they knew it was about a black man. Nonetheless, the original title was restored for all subsequent editions, making this variant-titled edition one of the more sought-after of Conrad's works. In late 1897, Dodd Mead had a first edition of 1000 copies printed; because the book was scheduled for publication late in the fall season, the printers were instructed to print both 1897 and 1898 title pages. The number printed with each date is not recorded... It was re-introduced in the spring and listed in Publisher's Weekly on March 12th among the spring publications... Copies of the spring issue were supplied with the 1898 title page [Cagle]. This copy is from the first issue, with an 1897 title page. It is in near-fine condition (spine slightly sunned, but there is scarcely any wear and the endpapers are atypically intact). Cagle A3b. Provenance: the front free endpaper bears the ownership inscription "Chas. Warren Stoddard | Washington D.C. | April/98." Stoddard (1843-1909) was an American author and editor, best known for his books about the people of the islands of Polynesia, throughout which he had traveled as a young man; in 1867 he converted to Catholicism, and subsequently served as chairman of the English literature department first at the University of Notre Dame and then (beginning in 1889) at Catholic University of America in Washington DC -- from which, four years after signing this book, he would resign in 1902 due to the Catholic Church's position on homosexuality.

$875.00

INTO THE EAST. Notes on Burma and Malaya
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INTO THE EAST. Notes on Burma and Malaya

By (Conrad, Joseph) Curle, Richard

1923. [inscribed by Curle] With a Preface by Joseph Conrad. London: Macmillan and Co., 1923. Original mottled red cloth lettered in gilt. First Edition of this volume of travel notes on what were then called Burma and Malaya, by this Scotsman who was a good friend of Joseph Conrad. Conrad, whose first two books were sited in the same area, and who had frequently sailed there as a seaman, provided the 17-page Preface. The two had met in 1912, as part of Edward Garnett's circle, and two years later Curle had written the very first book-length "appreciation" of Conrad; later Curle was the dedicatee of Conrad's THE ARROW OF GOLD. (Curle was present at Conrad's home on the day of JC's death in 1924, and was subsequently co-executor of Conrad's literary estate.) This is a very good-plus copy (some soil on the front cover). This is a "multiple" inscribed presentation copy signed by Richard Curle. In fact it is inscribed FOUR TIMES by Curle -- once signed and thrice initialed. The earliest one, initialed "R.C." (on the front free endpaper), is scarcely visible, because Curle later tried to bleach it out (?) in order to inscribe it as described below. Written in ink on top of that inscription is "Miss Rewarvan Anirkhavian (?) with very many thanks for her work in typing the catalogue. [signed] Richard Curle | July 1929". Curle then added, at the bottom of the same leaf, "This, being the English edition, is not so easy to get here, but it's the right one to have. So please forgive a former name on this page. R.C." And finally, on the opposing paste-down, Curle later added in a different ink: "But now it suddenly occurs that perhaps the Eng. & Am. editions were quite similar: I must find out -- it's too late to worry anyhow! R.C." We cannot locate any reference to the recipient, but the "catalogue" Curle refers to was most likely the catalogue of his own 234-item Joseph Conrad collection (including manuscript material and many inscribed copies), which was auctioned at The American Art Association on 28 April 1927.

$350.00

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

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

TWIXT LAND & SEA. Tales
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TWIXT LAND & SEA. Tales

By Conrad, Joseph

1912. A Smile of Fortune | The Secret Sharer | Freya of the Seven Isles. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1912. Original olive green cloth. First Edition, second binding state (of three). This collection of three tales is known primarily for the middle one, "The Secret Sharer" -- Conrad's best-known short story excepting "Heart of Darkness." The binder made an error on the binding of 'TWIXT LAND & SEA, revealed by this copy: on the front cover he listed the third tale as "Freya of the Secret Isles." The error was discovered after only about twenty copies had been issued (the rare first binding state); on the other copies that had already been bound up, the word "Secret" was buffed out and the word "Seven" printed over it -- though the erroneous word remains evident underneath (the second binding state, as here). Finally, those copies not yet bound up (the majority) were done so in a smoother cloth, with the error completely corrected. This copy is in very good-plus condition (scarcely any wear, but the spine and a corner of the front cover are sun-faded); there is very little foxing within. Cagle A16a.1, binding b.

$475.00

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

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