Tales of Unrest.London : 1898 Stock Code: 100470
NotesFirst edition. A significant association copy that commemorates the literary and personal friendship of Conrad and his editor at Unwin, Edward Garnett (1868-1937): with Garnett's ownership inscription at the head of the title page and with a few marginal pencillings, presumably in his hand. "In 1894 Garnett accepted Joseph Conrad's first book, Almayer's Folly for Unwin, and persuaded him not to go back to sea but to write another. Conrad, though eleven years his senior, nevertheless deferred to Garnett's authority; and Garnett's considerable influence on Conrad's work, which is revealed in Letters from Conrad (1928), is perhaps his greatest contribution to literature" (ODNB). Garnett had read Tales of Unrest in proof. Also present is an autograph letter signed from Conrad to Garnett, in which Conrad advises Garnett on the final draft of the latter's essay "The Contemporary Critic" which he had submitted to Blackwood's Magazine in late 1899 and which was eventually rejected in 1901, despite Conrad's mediation with the publisher (2pp., no place, no date, portion torn from top corner of page 1, apparently at an early date, published in Letters from Joseph Conrad 1895-1924). Also present is a salutation ("Dearest Edward") and the initials "JC" in Conrad's hand affixed to the front free endpaper.
Octavo. Original green cloth, gilt lettered spine, top edges gilt, preserved in a green cloth chemise and slipcase.
Title page printed in red & black.
Boards a little rubbed, spine slightly rumpled. a few leaves with portions of the fore-edge torn away (having been carelessly opened).
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