["To dear Don Roberto"] Sixth Edition. London: Methuen & Co., (1920). 8 pp undated ads. Original violet cloth with spine decorated in gilt.
"Sixth Edition" of this collection of six short stories first published in 1908; according to the printing history on the title verso, this is the fifth printing from those first edition plates, slightly preceded by the first "cheap" edition earlier in 1920 (thus this is listed as the "sixth edition" overall). One curious facet of this edition is its binding: although Methuen issued five Conrad first editions, between 1906 and 1915, in a binding of green or red cloth with a coral-and-shell design in gilt on the spine, it did not issue the 1908 first edition of this title in that binding -- yet here is this 1920 edition in that same coral-and-shell binding, but in violet cloth. (Some copies of this printing were issued in a cheaper binding, light green or brown cloth stamped in black.) Condition is near-fine (spine a little faded as always with purple cloth, a few spots on that spine). See Cagle A13a "subsequent printings."~THIS IS AN INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY to one of Conrad's closest friends, R.B. Cunningame Graham -- "To dear | Don Roberto | from his | J. C. [flourish]". (As veteran Conrad collectors know, presentations signed merely "J. C." are the ones to his closest friends.)~It was in August 1897 that Conrad began a lifelong friendship with R[obert]. B[ontine]. Cunninghame Graham. The Scotsman "was an idealist, a hard-headed politician, an aristocrat, a socialist, and an anarchist, one who subverts order and stirs up trouble. The combination fascinated Conrad, and their sympathy for each other appears to have been cemented by the first letter" [Karl]. The dedicatee of Typhoon and Other Stories, to Conrad his nickname was "Don Roberto" (as Graham was part-Spanish).~Conrad gave inscribed presentation copies of most all his first editions to Graham -- which makes it curious that this is a Sixth Edition, published twelve years after the first; we know of no earlier presentation copy of this title to Graham. There undoubtedly was some reason (perhaps an earlier copy was somehow destroyed?) for Conrad to have presented this later edition to one of his best friends. Provenance: like most all Conrad inscribed copies (since for decades he accumulated virtually every one that came onto the market), this volume was in the collection of Stanley J. Seeger (Lot 258), with his modest bookplate. Item #13050