[in (original?) glassine] Hodder & Stoughton / New York / George H. Doran Company, n.d. . Original red cloth.
First American Edition of this three-tale collection best known for "The Secret Sharer" -- Conrad's most famous short story other than "Heart of Darkness." This was Doran's first and only printing of this book (these were relatively small printings, as Conrad's popularity was then at its nadir). It was produced by Doran in collaboration with the English publisher Hodder & Stoughton -- whose name appears at the foot of the spine. Within ten months Doran sold the copyright and plates to Doubleday Page, who (due to the success of Conrad's next book CHANCE) promptly issued another printing, in similar bright red cloth but with a ship vignette added to Doran's binding. That DP&Co reprint would be noteworthy because it would be Conrad's first association with Doubleday Page (who would thereafter be his American publisher), and also because it would be the first volume bound in DP's "Conrad style" (as all the others would be, though in navy blue rather than red cloth).~This is a near-fine copy (very slight rubbing at the corners). This copy comes in an old (slightly edge-worn) plain glassine wrapper -- possibly original. Cagle A16b. Item #13927