LONDON'S RIVER. Joseph Conrad.


[one of 25 copies] London: Privately Printed by Clement Shorter, April 1919. Original red wrappers.

First Separate Edition, being one of only 25 numbered copies (this being No. 6). This was the sixth and last of Shorter's very-limited-issue productions of Conrad's writings. This homage to the Thames River had originally appeared in the December 1904 issue of World's Work, after which it became Sections XXX and XXXI of Conrad's THE MIRROR OF THE SEA (1906).

In addition to Clement Shorter's signature at the limitation statement, this is also a presentation copy inscribed by Shorter, "Ernest Maggs | With kind regards | Clement Shorter | April 3, 1919". The London bookselling firm of Maggs Bros. was founded by Uriah Maggs in 1853; his four sons, including Ernest, formed the next generation of management of that institution which today still flourishes under family ownership (we once had a copy of Conrad/Shorter's THE FIRST NEWS similarly inscribed by Shorter to one of the other brothers, Charles Maggs). Fine, bright condition. Cagle A33. Housed in a morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise. Provenance: booklabel of noted collector Kenyon Starling on the chemise. Item #14034

Price: $2,950.00

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