[one of 20 copies signed] A Preface to INTO THE EAST: Notes on Burma and Malaya by Richard Curle. [Edinburgh:] Twenty Copies Privately Printed for Richard Curle, December 1922. Original light blue-grey wrappers.
First Edition, being one of only twenty copies, signed by Conrad. This piece, along with THE "TORRENS", are two of the scarcest of all the limited-issue Conrad publications -- as the limitation was so severe. On the half-title of each copy Conrad signed his name and added the date, 1922. This was later collected in the posthumous volume LAST ESSAYS. This is a fine copy (very light ruffling along the fore-edge). Keating 217. Housed in a morocco-backed slipcase, with inner chemise which bears the small oval bookplate of the renowned collector Kenyon Starling. Item #13443