THE ROVER. Joseph Conrad.


[in the scarcer jacket] London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1923). Original dark green cloth, with dust jacket.

First English Edition, published two days after the American trade edition.~In December [1921], Conrad began The Rover as a short story. It was clearly an outgrowth of his stay in Corsica... [which] triggered a whole series of memories and reminiscences about a "seaman's return"... The fact of Peyrol's Frenchness -- he outsmarts the English and helps the French fleet break out of Toulon and escape Nelson's blockade -- suggests that Conrad was still restructuring his own life...~The idea of a "rover," with its ambiguity of a man who, Odysseus-like, strives for experience, had been Conrad's plan in all his major fiction after The Shadow-Line... He was exploring what for him was his political, social, and moral world, that society summed up by life on the sea and those who can understand its message. Some of the passages in The Rover display Conrad in his best form, and they are, not improbably, passages of the sea. [Karl]~This copy has the dust jacket that portrays in color a ship passing a cliff; this is considered the secondary (though much scarcer) dust jacket, possibly on copies headed for the colonies (as the scene also appears on Canadian copies). This is a close-to-fine copy (spine gilt very dull as usual) in a very good jacket (several creases and short tears, but just about entirely present). Keating 180. Item #13087

Price: $225.00

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