THE ROVER. Joseph Conrad.


London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1923). Original dark green cloth, with dust jacket.

First English Edition, published two days after the American trade edition.

In December [1921], Conrad began The Rover as a short story. It was clearly an outgrowth of his stay in Corsica... [which] triggered a whole series of memories and reminiscences about a "seaman's return"... The fact of Peyrol's Frenchness -- he outsmarts the English and helps the French fleet break out of Toulon and escape Nelson's blockade -- suggests that Conrad was still restructuring his own life...

The idea of a "rover," with its ambiguity of a man who, Odysseus-like, strives for experience, had been Conrad's plan in all his major fiction after The Shadow-Line... He was exploring what for him was his political, social, and moral world, that society summed up by life on the sea and those who can understand its message. Some of the passages in The Rover display Conrad in his best form, and they are, not improbably, passages of the sea. [Karl]

This is a fine copy (spine gilt less than bright as usual). Included is the standard dust jacket with black and reddish-brown on white (other copies, perhaps those headed overseas, have a different jacket); the jacket is near-fine (just a bit of soil, light wear at the top of its spine -- understandable since the jacket is slightly taller than the volume). Loosely inserted is Unwin's four-page Conrad leaflet that went out in some copies. Keating 180. Item #13860

Price: $325.00

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