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CONRAD, Joseph, 1857-1924 : UNDER WESTERN EYES.
London : Methuen & Co., (1911). First edition. “The man who says he has no illusions has at least that one” – Conrad with his classic of terrorism, set variously in St. Petersburg and Geneva and published 5th October 1911. “Any hesitation seems to lie, not in over-estimating, but in doing justice to the rare truth and beauty of Mr. Conrad’s latest book. No Englishman could have written it” (The Sketch, 25th October 1911).
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CONRAD, Joseph, 1857-1924 : VICTORY : AN ISLAND TALE.
London : Methuen & Co., (1915). First British edition : includes an authorial note on the writing of the novel not present in the slightly earlier American edition. “There is, as every schoolboy knows in this scientific age, a very close chemical relation between coal and diamonds” – Conrad’s last masterpiece – “a matchless gift for embodying life as it is lived under extreme physical and psychological pressure”. With the cancel title-page (comma after Essex Street).
CONRAD, Joseph, 1857-1924 : LAUGHING ANNE & ONE DAY MORE : TWO PLAYS.
London : John Castle, 1924. First trade edition. Two of just three plays written by Joseph Conrad, adaptations respectively of his stories "Because of the Dollars" and "Tomorrow" - both concerned, as John Galsworthy points out in his introduction, with the theme of "the suffering of a woman capable of self-sacrifice". The introduction by Galsworthy, here appearing for the first time, makes extensive use of Conrad's letters on the plays.
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CONRAD, Joseph, 1857-1924 : TALES OF HEARSAY.
London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1925. First edition. Four short stories previously unpublished in book form – “The Warrior’s Soul” – a moving tale of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, written during the Great War; “Prince Roman” – the Polish Patriot; “The Tale” – moral dilemmas at sea in the Great War, and “The Black Mate” – one of his earliest ventures into fiction. With a foreword by R. B. Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936). Published posthumously to the delight and acclaim of contemporary reviewers – “A substantial addition to Conrad’s best work” (The Scotsman); “one of the most remarkable books of short stories ever issued” (Daily Dispatch); “No unconsidered trifles ... They are of the stuff by which he will be judged” (Manchester Guardian).
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