“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
The Mirror of the Sea: Memories and Impressions.
Item Number: 55033
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.
First published in 1906, The Mirror of the Sea was the first of Joseph Conrad's two autobiographical memoirs. Discussing it, he called the book "a very intimate revelation. . . . I have attempted here to lay bare with the unreserve of a last hour's confession the terms of my relation with the sea, which beginning mysteriously, like any great passion the inscrutable Gods send to mortals, went on unreasoning and invincible, surviving the test of disillusion, defying the disenchantment that lurks in every day of a strenuous life; went on full of love's delight and love's anguish, facing them in open-eyed exultation without bitterness and without repining, from the first hour to the last."
Other Books by this Author
"All this life, must be life, since it is so much like a dream”: First Edition of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First American edition of what many consider to be the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. In very good condition.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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 of this short story collection. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
"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.
“GREAT LEADERS ALMOST ALWAYS EXUDE SELF-CONFIDENCE. THEY ARE NEVER PETTY. THEY ARE NEVER BUCK-PASSERS. THEY PICK THEMSELVES UP AFTER DEFEAT…”: First Edition of Blood, Brains & Beer: The Autobiography of David Ogilvy; Signed by David Ogilvy
New York: Atheneum, 1978.
First edition of Ogilvy’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by David Ogilvy on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear and closed tears.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts This Is My Story; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1937.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half title page. Small bookplate to the inner front panel, near fine in a bright near fine with a few small closed tears. Uncommon in this condition and signed.
First Editions of the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion's Memoirs Volumes 1-3 Signed by Him
Tel Aviv: Am Oved Publishers, 1973-74.
First editions of volumes 1-4 of David Ben-Gurion’s memoirs in Hebrew. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Volumes 1-3 signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page in Hebrew. Ben-Gurion lived to see the publishing of only the first three volumes. Previous owners small stamp and pen writing on front free endpapers, tape residue on the front and rear endpapers. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable signed by the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel.
"THINK AS A WINNER AND ACT AS A WINNER. YOU’LL BE QUITE LIKELY TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL": FIRST EDITION OF THE ENZO FERRARI STORY; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: MacMillan, 1964.
First edition in English of Enzo Ferrari’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Enzo Ferrari on the title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Stirling Moss. Books signed by Ferrari are rare.