an extravagant story.New York: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1901 Stock Code: 117097
Signed by ConradFirst edition, first printing. Signed boldly by Joseph Conrad on the half-title. Although The Inheritors is "generally regarded as a science fiction tale of a group of people from another, apparently parallel, world who call themselves The Dimensionists" (Locke) it is also related to Heart of Darkness (serialised 1899, published in book form 1902) in that Conrad and Hueffer - in their first collaboration - "satirised Leopold II King of the of Belgians as the greedy and unscrupulous Duc de Mersch" (Jeffrey Myers, Joseph Conrad: A Biography, 2001, p. 96). Copies inscribed by Conrad are decidedly uncommon. As usual this copy is the second issue, with the corrected dedication (Harvey notes "only four copies known of the first issue"), predating the UK edition by five weeks.
Octavo. Original sand-coloured cloth, spine lettered in black, front cover with large pictorial block in black, red & gilt, fore and lower edge untrimmed. Housed in a custom brown morocco-backed solander box.
Title page printed in orange and black.
Spine toned (old label removed), covers showing light signs of handling (small old red ink stain on back cover, front cover lightly rubbed), inner joints cracked but sound, one or two leaves a little carelessly opened. A very good copy.
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