THE SHOCK OF WAR. Through Germany to Cracow.
London: Printed for Private Circulation [by Thomas J. Wise], 1919. Original dark red wrappers.
First Edition, consisting of only 25 copies (so stated). This is Conrad's reminiscence of the day he heard of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand ("I was barely aware that such a man existed"), and the ensuing "shock of war" in his native land of Poland. This piece had originally appeared in the 29 March 1915 issue of the London Daily News & Leader; here, it is the sixth of the twenty very-limited-issue pamphlets that Conrad and Thomas J. Wise produced (as instant-collectibles to raise cash for Conrad) during the twelve months between February 1919 and January 1920. (Preceding these twenty in collaboration with Wise, there were six in collaboration with Clement J. Shorter.) In 1921 "The Shock of War" would be collected (as Section I of "Poland Revisited") in the Conrad volume NOTES ON LIFE & LETTERS.
It is in just-about-fine condition (a hint of cracking of the fragile spine, a few short edge-nicks, one tiny pinhole in the rear cover). Supino B1.12.0 (listed sixth); Cagle A36 (listed ninth). Item #15149