Almayer’s Folly: a Story of an Eastern River.

Almayer’s Folly: a Story of an Eastern River.
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London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. 8vo, 272pp. Original green cloth, gilt-stamped on backstrip, top edge gilt. Covers a bit rubbed and stained, corners worn, approx. 26 pp. show small repairs to inside edge not affecting text block. Quarter dark green morocco slipcase. First edition, first issue, of Conrad’s first book. A significant association copy commemorating the literary and personal relationship of Joseph Conrad and Edward Garnett. By urging T. Fisher Unwin to publish Conrad’s first book, Almayer’s Folly, Garnett had launched Conrad’s career and the two subsequently became close friends. This copy marks the beginning of that friendship although interestingly Garnett inscribed it “E libris Edward Garnett” and gave it to Dr. Arthur Maude who also signed in pencil. Pasted in the front is the final page of a letter in Conrad’s hand in pencil. A few pencil notes in the text could be Garnett or more likely by Maude. We recently had Garnett’s copy of Tales of Unrest, from a different collection. Wise, Ashley Library, Vol. 1, p. 231. (Item Id: 106193)

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