[with 1908 dust jacket] A Military Tale. Illustrations by Dan Sayre Groesbeck. New York: The McClure Company, 1908. Original green cloth pictorially decorated in white, with dust jacket.
First Separate (and First Illustrated, and First American) Edition. Earlier in 1908 this tale was published in England (as "The Duel") with five others in A SET OF SIX; it was this McClure publication that caused the delay in the publication of the American edition of the entire A SET OF SIX until 1915. (Also, no publisher was in a hurry to do so: in 1908 Conrad's career was at its nadir, but his star rose again after CHANCE hit it big in 1914.)~This copy is in the first and usual binding, with "McClure" at the foot of the spine. (THE POINT OF HONOR was published in September 1908; by November, the publisher McClure was forced to sell his assets to Doubleday Page, and subsequently-bound copies bear the new publisher's name at the foot of the spine.)~This is a fine, bright copy. Included is the very scarce color-pictorial dust jacket (reproducing the volume's frontispiece plate; the rear panel promotes a Booth Tarkington novel that was likewise published in 1908). The jacket is in near-fine condition, with very little soil (a few short edge-tears but only one shallow chip, at the top of the front panel partially impinging on the title's "NT"). We have seen only one Conrad dust jacket earlier than this (the American YOUTH, 1902). Cagle A13c. Item #13422