[the scarce first issue] New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1900. Original light green cloth decorated in dark green.
First American Edition, first state, of what is arguably Conrad's greatest work. At the time this was being published, Doubleday & McClure was about to divide into two entities (Doubleday Page and McClure Phillips), with uncertainty as to which firm would retain the rights to LORD JIM. Thus, in the first state (integral title leaf) the copyright is "1900 by Doubleday, Page & Co.", while in the second state (cancel title leaf) the copyright is "1899 and 1900 by Joseph Conrad," to reflect the uncertainty. As it turned out, it would be McClure Phillips that would retain the copyright, and they issued several more printings over the years 1901-1906; however, in 1908 McClure Phillips dissolved, and the copyright and first edition plates then went to DP&Co, which ran off another eight impressions between 1909 and 1923.
This is a very good-plus copy, with some darkening and mottling of the light green cloth (mainly on the spine), but with very little wear -- a tiny bit at two corners, and slight cracking at the lower end of the front endpaper. In our experience, this integral-title first state is much scarcer than the second -- no more than one in twenty copies. Cagle A5b(1). Item #14840