The Collected Works of Joseph Conrad, 23 Volume Memorial Edition
Published by Doubleday, Page and Company, New York in 1925
From the Collection of Nelson Doubleday
Number 18 of 499, One of 99 Sets Signed by Joseph Conrad
Also Includes a 24th Volume, The Rover, Signed by Joseph Conrad
Very Good Condition
Binding Details: Custom leather bindings that are comprised of rebacked spines of white leather with gold gilt titling and the original white parchment boards with a gold stamp illustration of a sailing vessel on the front cover. The front and rear boards have a blue strip along the side with the corner edges protected by similar colored leather caps. The top page ends are gold gilted.
Collection Details: The Collected Works of Joseph Conrad was published in 1925 by Doubleday, Page and Company, New York in a limited edition of 499 sets with this being number 18 which is one of the 99 sets signed by Joseph Conrad. All 499 sets were supposed to be signed by Conrad but he died after having only signed 99 sets and the plan was changed and the signed sheets became part of this Memorial Edition. This information is contained on the signature page.
The Rover was published in 1923 by Doubleday, Page and Company, New York in a signed limited edition of 375 with this being number 144. The bookplate of Nelson Doubleday as well as a newspaper portrait of Joseph Conrad appear on the inside front cover of the book. All 24 volumes were purchased from the sale of the library of Nelson Doubleday that took place in January, 2017.
C. D. Merriman in his biographical essay on Joseph Conrad wrote, “Controversial in his time and even today, some of Conrad’s works including Heart of Darkness have inspired filmmakers and such authors as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel García Márquez, D.H. Lawrence, Joseph Heller, Albert Camus, and Virginia Woolf. He has also been grouped with other such esteemed authors as his friend Stephen Crane and Robert Louis Stevenson. As a young man Conrad, becoming disillusioned and having abandoned his native Poland after his parents sacrificed their lives in the fight for their country’s freedom, became a world traveler on the high seas. He gained by his own sweat and blood as a seaman the life experience and sensitivity for insight into the human condition needed to produce the dozens of famous short stories and novels he wrote, many that are still in print today.”
Each of the 24 volumes measures approximately 9” x 6”.
Condition Report: The bindings are in Very Good+ condition with the leather spines having very superficial surface wear and the original parchment covers evidencing moderate soiling. There is some rubbing to the corner tips and the text block is starting in several binding. Fortunately, the rebacking is holding the text block firmly in place with the exception of The Rover which has a pronounced separation. Internally, the books are clean with some soiling to the uncut page. There is some foxing to the inside front cover of The Rover caused by the pasted down newspaper portrait of Joseph Conrad. Overall, this is an attractively bound signed limited edition collection with some condition issues but very nice shelf appeal that houses the works of one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Photographs of the bindings and the limitation/signature pages appear in the photo section of the listing.