A Romance of the Shallows. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1920. Original green cloth lettered and with border in black, with dust jacket.
First English Trade Edition (issued after the American edition and also after a 40-copy private issue of the English galley proofs). Begun in 1896, and in effect completing the trilogy begun with ALMAYER'S FOLLY and AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS, "THE RESCUE was Conrad's albatross, the book which hung about his neck from the beginning of his writing career almost until the end of his life" [Cagle].~This copy is in a slightly variant binding: the lettering on the spine is in black, the border on the front cover is in black, and there is no publisher's device blind-stamped into the front cover. an identical copy bore the ink-stamp of a Toronto bookseller, so such copies may have been bound up for sale in Canada.~This is a fine copy; the pictorial jacket, which unlike that of THE ROVER does not often turn up in presentable condition, is close to fine as well (minor soil, the slightest of edge-wear). Cagle A49b(2), binding "b" (Cagle notes that no "colonial" or "Canadian issue" copies have been seen, so this might be it). Item #13086