["Heart of Darkness"] Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1902. 32 pp ads dated Nov 1902. Original light green cloth decorated in black.
First Edition. Although "Youth" gets top billing on the title page and binding, this book is sought largely for one of the "two other stories": the first appearance in book form of "Heart of Darkness," Conrad's classic tale of a journey up the Congo -- into the darkness of the jungle and of man's primal instincts. Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film "Apocalypse Now" placed the same character, Kurtz, in Vietnam War-era Cambodia.~This copy has the ad catalogue in the second state (same first edition leaves, just a different ad catalogue inserted by the binder). Condition is very nearly fine, with the light green cloth unusually free of soil and the spine gilt still remarkably bright; the only flaw of note is some very faint (barely-visible) foxing on the spine. Typically this book turns up with the cloth severely soiled and bubbled; truly fine copies, which now seldom turn up, can fetch more than $5,000.00. Cagle A7a.1. Item #12930