"Sleep after toyle, port after stormie seas, Ease after warre, death after life, does greatly please": First Edition of Joseph Conrad's The Rover; Finely Bound by Bayntun
Item Number: 119454
London: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1923.
First British edition of the last complete novel by Joseph Conrad. Octavo, finely bound in full morocco by Bayntun, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, double gilt ruled, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
The story takes place in the south of France, against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Napoleon's rise to power, and the French-English rivalry in the Mediterranean. Peyrol (a master-gunner in the French republican navy, pirate, and for nearly fifty years "rover of the outer seas") attempts to find refuge in an isolated farmhouse (Escampobar) on the Giens Peninsula near Hyères. It was the basis for the 1967 film L'avventuriero (internationally released as The Rover) directed by Terence Young and starring Anthony Quinn.