A Romance of the Shallows. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1920. Original green cloth stamped in gilt, with dust jacket.
First English Trade Edition (issued after the American edition and also after a 40-copy private issue of the English galley proofs). Begun in 1896, and in effect completing the trilogy begun with ALMAYER'S FOLLY and AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS, "THE RESCUE was Conrad's albatross, the book which hung about his neck from the beginning of his writing career almost until the end of his life" [Cagle].~This copy is in the standard (primary) binding, with the spine lettering in gilt, with the front cover border in blind, and with the publisher's device blind-stamped onto the front cover. (There is a secondary, perhaps colonial, binding with black lettering and border, and with no front cover device.)~This is an unusually fine copy (spine gilt a bit brighter than usual for this book); the pictorial jacket, which unlike that of THE ROVER does not often turn up in presentable condition, is nearly fine as well -- with scarcely any soil or wear (just a few tiny nicks in the top edge, to be expected since the jacket stands a bit taller than the volume). Cagle A49b(2), binding "a" Item #13853