A Story of an Eastern River. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. Original dark olive green cloth.
First Edition of Joseph Conrad's first book, an edition believed to have consisted of 1000-1250 copies. Conrad, after meeting the real "Olmeijer" in East Borneo in 1887, gradually produced the manuscript of this book over the six years 1889-1895. He submitted it to Unwin for consideration in their "Pseudonym Library", using the pseudonym "Kamudi" (Malayan for "rudder") -- enclosing the return postage, so sure was he of its rejection. However, Unwin's reader Edward Garnett saw the manuscript's promise and accepted it for non-pseudonymous publication.
This copy is in the first state (as are most copies), with the letters missing from the last two lines of page 110. Condition is very good-plus, perhaps near-fine: there is a touch of wear at the spine ends, but the original endpapers remain intact, there is very little of the usual foxing, and the spine gilt remains bright. Cagle A1a.1. Item #14404