A Tale in Two Parts. London: Methuen & Co., (1914). 8 pp ads dated Autumn 1913. Original green cloth decorated in gilt.
First Edition of the novel that revived Conrad's career, a popular smash after about a decade without one. Conrad had been working on it since 1906. It was the success of CHANCE that caused many of his earlier works to be reprinted.
This copy is in the first published state (with the cancel title leaf dated 1914 on the verso, tipped onto the stub of the leaf that had original been so dated 1913) -- it is believed that only about 52 copies were issued with the integral 1913 title leaf before a binder's strike delayed publication into 1914. This copy has the spine brass reading "METHUEN," the 8-page Autumn ad catalogue with THE MYSTERY OF DR. FU MANCHU leading off p. 6, and withOUT closing quotation marks after "Narcissus" on the half-title verso. This is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any wear and with only a bit of the usual foxing (mainly on the page edges and on the first few leaves). Cagle A17a.10. Item #13846