Garden City NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. Original navy blue cloth decorated in gilt.
This is a volume from the "Concord Edition" of Conrad's works, published the year before his death; included is a fold-out map of the world showing all 19 of Conrad's literary voyages. The volume is in bright, near-fine condition (minor wear at the spine ends).
This copy is inscribed by Conrad's widow (though undated, it is clear the inscription is after Conrad's death): "To Edith and Ernest Dawson | The Lagoon, fifth story con- | tained in this volume is | the first story written | by Joseph Conrad | Affectionately, Jessie Conrad." Brother of the novelist and critic A.J. Dawson, Major Ernest Dawson (1884-1960) was introduced to Conrad by H.G. Wells, while Dawson was still quite young (in 1901-1902); Dawson later served in Burma, and would write memoirs of his time there for Blackwood's Magazine. He was also a contributor to "Some Recollections of Joseph Conrad" in 1928. The front paste-down bears Ernest Dawson's bookplate, as well as that of Conrad collector Stanley J. Seeger. Item #13093