The Works of Joseph Conrad; Inscribed by Joseph Conrad
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).
Item Number: 22019
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.
Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the British merchant marine in 1878, and was granted British nationality in 1886. Though he did not speak English fluently until he was in his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works still contain elements of 19th-century realism. "His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many authors, including T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, and Salman Rushdie" (John Stape, The Many Lives of Joseph Conrad).
Other Books by this Author
"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.
“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.
"All this life, must be life, since it is so much like a dream": First Edition of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo
London: Harper & Brothers, 1904.
First edition of what many consider to be Conrad’s masterpiece, one of 2000 copies. Octavo, original blue cloth stamped in gilt. An excellent near fine example with some light rubbing, spine gilt nice and bright, armorial bookplate to the front free endpaper. A very nice example.
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.
"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.
“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.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases; Inscribed by Clementine and Mary Soames
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Sir Winston S. Churchill’s collected works, inscribed by both his wife and youngest daughter in the year of the centenary of his birth to the winner of the 1974 C & G Gimcrack Horse Race at that very race. Octavos, 34 volumes bound in the original full vellum with gilt titles and gilt-stamped Churchill coat of arms to the spines and front panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Each volume housed in the original dark green slipcase which is also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. One of only 3,000 sets produced, this is number 143. Volume I, which contains My Early Life and My African Journey is inscribed by The Baroness Clementine Churchill opposite her preface, “Inscribed by Clementine Spencer Churchill” as well as her youngest daughter Mary, “presented by her youngest daughter Mary Soames, “and presented by her daughter to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo at York Races August the 22nd 1974.” The inscribed volume is housed in a custom oak and vellum clamshell box with ornate claw feet, velvet lining, and gold plaque which reads, C and G Gimcrack Stakes 1974 Presented to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo Owner of Steel Heart (Habitat – A. I. by Abernant) Winner of the C & G Gimcrack Stakes 1974, by Lady Soames in the Centenary Year of the Birth of Her Father Sir Winston Churchill.” In excellent condition. A brilliant set with exceptional provenance.
Rare First Edition of Edmond Halley's Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets
Astronomical Tables with Precepts both in English and Latin for Computing the Places of the Sun, Moon, Planets, and Comets.
London: Printed for William Innys, 1752.
First edition in English of Halley’s classic work. Quarto, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, gilt embossed stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet on the front and rear panel, copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. Edited by John Bevis. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear.
"One of the four Greatest Novels Ever Written" (Arthur Schopenhauer): Rare First Edition in English of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
London: Oliver & Boyd, 1824.
First edition in English of Goethe’s masterpiece. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in contemporary half cloth over marbled boards. In near fine condition with light toning to the spine.
"There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect": Finely Bound Group of G.K. Chesterton
London and New York: Various Publishers, 1905-1910.
Finely bound group of works by G.K. Chesterton. Octavo, 14 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, raised spine bands with gilt decorated compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt topstain. In near fine condition. The books included are Club of Queer Trades, The Defendant, Masters of Literature: Thackeray, Varied Types, Napoleon of Notting Hill, Orthodoxy, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study, Heretics, The Ball and the Cross, English Men of Letters: Robert Browning, What’s Wrong with the Word, The Man Who was Thursday, Tremendous Trifles, and All Things Considered. In near fine condition.