THE ARROW OF GOLD. Joseph Conrad.


[Conrad's son's tutor's copy] A Story Between Two Notes. London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1919). Original dark green cloth, with dust jacket.

First English Edition of this novel set in 1870s Marseille, a port Conrad knew well from his earliest days as a seaman (in France 1874-1879) -- thus English was not his second language but his third. The English edition of this tale was published four months after (and including corrections made by Conrad too late for) the American edition. Unwin published three of Conrad's first four books (1895-98), but then no others until this one -- which explains why only those four works are cited on the rear panel of the ARROW jacket.

This copy does have the "A" in the p. 67 headline (other copies have the "A" slipping or absent). This volume is very good-plus (very slight wear at the extremities, a faint glass-ring on the rear cover); the quite uncommon dust jacket is good-to-very good, with some edge-wear that affects only the last three letters of "UNWIN" but with NO restoration of any kind. Provenance: this copy belonged to Harold Goodburn, who was at this time the personal mathematics tutor of the Conrads' son John (Goodburn was a teacher at The King's School in Canterbury, which in 1923 would decline to admit John); on the front endpaper he wrote "H. Goodburn | Canterbury | 1920" and on the title page he wrote "Harold Goodburn | Nov 1920". Cagle A38.b.1. Item #13122

Price: $295.00

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