“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
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.
London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1923.
Octavo, original cloth, 22 volumes. 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.
"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 to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition.
“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.
"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.
The Works of Joseph Conrad: Signed Limited Edition (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)
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920-1926.
Complete works of Joseph Conrad. Signed by Joseph Conrad on the limitation-page of Volume I. Octavo, 22 volumes, finely bound in full blue morocco, gilt title and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Frontispiece portrait in Volume I. One of 735 copies of the Sun-Dial Edition. In near fine condition. A very nice set.
"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.
“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
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.
“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.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new": First edition of Out of My Later Years; Signed by Albert Einstein
New York: Philosophical Library, 1950.
First edition of Einstein’s collection of social science-related articles, addresses and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A. Einstein.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't": First Editions of each Volume in the Prime Minister's Autobiography and Speeches; Each Signed by Her
London: HarperCollins, 1993-2002.
First British editions of each work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, 3 volumes. Each volume is signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. A very nice set.
London: Hutchinson , 1987.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Garry Kasparov on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970.
First edition the second volume of the author’s Pulitzer and National Book Award winning work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Henry Kissinger with all good wishes Jim Burns.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With the compliments of the author slip laid in. An excellent association copy.