THE FIRST NEWS. Joseph Conrad.


[1 of 25 copies] London: Privately printed by Clement Shorter, August 1918. Original grey wrappers.

First Edition, being one of only 25 copies. This piece appeared that same month (August 1918) in the periodical Reveille. In it Conrad recalls what it was like, exactly four years earlier, when "the first news" of the outbreak of war reached his home town of Cracow, Poland.~This was the second of the six very-limited issues that Shorter produced for Conrad (the first had been ONE DAY MORE). Though the title page says "for private distribution among my friends," these instant-collectibles were actually money-making efforts by the perennially-short-of-cash Conrad. The limitation page of this copy bears only the limitation statement; over the years we have had three other copies -- another like this, one bearing a Roman numeral (copy number?) and Shorter's initials, and one with no number but inscribed by Shorter to someone.~This is a fine copy. Cagle A23. Housed in folding cloth case -- which bears the bookplate of the notable collector Lord Esher (Oliver Brett, Third Viscount Esher, 1881-1963). Item #13419

Price: $2,950.00

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