A Romance of the Shallows. Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920. Original blue cloth decorated in gilt, with dust jacket.
First Edition, published a month before Dent's London edition.~THE RESCUE was Conrad's albatross, the book which hung about his neck from the beginning of his writing career until almost the end of his life. It was begun in 1896 [as THE RESCUER] as an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Lingard... But the book just would not sort itself out and it took Conrad another twenty years, working on it sporadically, before the much laboured over manuscript was finally completed 25 May 1919. [Cagle]~This copy is from the first printing (gathered in 8s -- the second printing is virtually identical but is gathered in 16s). Included is the scarce dust jacket, unusual for the DP&Co Conrad books in that it is pictorial; it is in the first state, with the $1.90 price on the front turn-in altered (prior to publication) with a $2.00 overstamp (the second state has only the $2.00 price). This is a fine copy; the jacket is very good with a few small chips at the corners and a damp-mark on the rear panel. The front paste-down bears a signature dated May 28, 1920 -- seven days after publication. Cagle A49a. Item #13069