“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
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.
"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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
"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.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Signed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Ron Chernow on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.
First Edition of Jerome Travers' The Fifth Estate: Twenty Years of Golf; In the Rare original Dust Jacket
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated cloth. An excellent example in the rare dust jacket with some small chips and tears. Illustrated with plates from photographs.