“In plucking the fruit of memory one runs the risk of spoiling its bloom”: First Edition of Joseph Conrad's The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes
The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes.
Item Number: 55028
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1919.
First edition, first issue with line 16-17, page 5 reading “with proper credentials and apparently” that in subsequent issues read “with proper credentials and who,” also with 20 titles by Conrad listed opposite the title page which in subsequent editions lists 21 titles, also with the error noted by Keating 126 on lines 6 and 7, page 248. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition.
Reflecting Conrad's genius for narrative that focuses on the quest for inner truths, The Arrow of Gold is an exploration of the dangerous appetites of men and of human vulnerability, as well as a profound meditation on the emotional boundary between people. Boasting a cast of extraordinary and eccentric personalities, including the heroine Doña Rita, this is a story of adventure on the high seas, of the revelation of love, of the crushing weight of loss, and of freedom found in the recklessness of unadorned sincerity. Although not as well known as his earlier novels Lord Jim and Nostromo, The Arrow of Gold was critically acclaimed when it first appeared in 1919 and is still considered to be among the best of Conrad's later works.
Other Books by this Author
“The calm was absolute, a dead, flat calm, the stillness of a dead sea and of a dead atmosphere": Joseph Conrad's The Rescue; Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1922.
First edition, early printing of this later Conrad work. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt stamped to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece. Boldly inscribed by Joseph Conrad on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
"My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see": First Edition of Joseph Conrads Masterpiece Lord Jim
London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1900.
First edition of one of Conrad’s finest novels. Octavo, original cloth. A near fine example with some wear to the extremities and the endpapers ever so slightly browned. First printing with the first issue points including the misprints “anyrate” p. 77, l. 5, “cure” (instead of “cured”) p. 226, 7 lines from the bottom, the omission of “keep” after “can” p. 226, 7 lines from the bottom, and “his” p. 319, last line, being printed below the line.
“HE WHO HATH KNOWN THE BITTERNESS OF THE OCEAN SHALL HAVE ITS TASTE FOREVER IN HIS MOUTH”: FIRST EDITION OF JOSEPH CONRAD'S FALK, AMY FOSTER, TO-MORROW THREE STORIES
New York: McClure, Phillips and Company, 1903.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
"Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality": First edition of Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1911.
First edition of one of Conrad’s major works. Octavo, bound in contemporary boards with the gilt title from the original cloth spine adhered as a spine label. In very good condition.
The Works of Joseph Conrad (Including Almayer’s Folly; An Outcast of the Islands; The Nigger of the Narcissus; Heart of Darkness; Lord Jim; Nostromo; The Secret Agent; Under Western Eyes).
London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1923.
Octavo, original cloth, 22 volumes. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of Almayer’s Folly and Tales of Unrest, “To Claudine and Allan Wade from their friend Joseph Conrad 1923.” The recipients, Allan and Claudine Wade was an actor, director, bibliophile and founder of The Phoenix Society. In excellent condition.
"Sleep after toyle, port after stormie seas, Ease after warre, death after life, does greatly please": First Edition of Joseph Conrad's The Rover
London: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1923.
First British edition of the last complete novel by Joseph Conrad. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923.
First edition, later printing of this classic sea yarn by Conrad. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt stamped to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece. Boldly inscribed by Joseph Conrad on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with some light offsetting to the endpapers.
“Love and regret go hand in hand in this world of changes swifter than the shifting of the clouds reflected in the mirror of the sea": First Edition of Joseph Conrad's The Mirror of the Sea: Memories and Impressions
London: Methuen & Company, 1906.
First British edition of Conrad’s first volume of autobiographical non-fiction. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very good condition.
“Never test another man by your own weakness": First Edition of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim; Inscribed by Him
New York: Doubleday & McClure Co, 1901.
First American edition of one of Conrad’s finest novels. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Signed for Richard Curle by Joseph Conrad this 24 January 1920.” Laid into this volume is also a letter from Curle, dated November 11th, 1922, which begins, “I saw in a catalogue a copy of a book signed to me by Conrad and thought to discover how it had got there…” Curle was a Scottish author, traveler and bibliophile and was a frequent correspondent of Conrad’s, for whom he acted as an assistant during the novelist’s later years. In excellent condition with some minor toning to the spine and light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy, most rare and desirable signed and inscribed and with noted provenance.
“One must not make too much of anything in life, good or bad": First Edition of Joseph Conrad's The Shadow-Line: A Confession
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1917.
First edition, first issue of this Conrad novel, based at sea. Octavo, original cloth, with the Aldine House logo to the front panel. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1925.
First edition of Conrad’s last novel. Octavo, original cloth. With the original 4 pp. advertising pamphlet laid in, “A Selection from our 1925 Autumn List.” Very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear and rubbing. With an Introduction by Richard Curle. Jacket art by Thomas Derrick.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
“Only God knows how much I love you”: First American Edition of the Love In The Time Of Cholera; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First American edition of Garcia Marquez’s work, which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson and Chip Kidd. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman. Also, laid into the book is the original postcard for the publication.
"Men go out into the desert, and they are like ships at sea; no one knows when they will return": FIrst English Edition of J.M.G. Le Clezio's Desert; Signed by Him
London: Atlantic Books, 2009.
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by J.M.G. Le Clezio on the title page.
"What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love": First Edition of A Separate Peace; Inscribed by John Knowles
New York: Macmillan, 1960.
First American edition of the author’s first and most well-known book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To ____ With all best regards- John Knowles.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped second issue dust jacket. A very sharp example.