Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Youth: a narrative And Two other stories. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1902. Pp.viii+375+[i (blank)]; 32pp. publisher's Catalogue at end dated 10/02; light mottled-pale-green linen-grain cloth blocked, ruled, and lettered black on front cover, blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine. Spine slightly faded, and insignificantly creased due to an original binding fault; otherwise a nice copy.

Smith, pp.27-29. The internal flaws mentioned by Smith as appearing on pp.99, 106, and 135 are not here evident. The first issue, with the ealiest date of the Catalogue.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Typhoon And Other Stories. William Heinemann, 1903. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.[viii]+304; grey-green and dark grey-green linen patterned cloth blocked with publisher's monogram withingruled circle, blind, on back cover, blocked gilt, lettered gilt and dark grey-green through gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Nice copy.

Smith, 9. With all the internal flaws noted by Smith, except that to p.186; and that the mis-print on p.288 reads "beeome" and not "beecome" as reported by Smith - which may or may not be an error on Smith's part. The present copy differs from all those reported by Smith in being without the publisher's inserted 32 (or 16) pp. advertisements at end. Smith misleadingly reports these as though they are integral. In the present copy, the case is the correct size for the book, no space being allowed for a catalogue to be included. In all, 1,500 copies were printed for the English market.

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CONRAD (Joseph) and HUEFFER (Ford Madox [later FORD].). Romance. A novel. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1903. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; blue diagonally fine ribbed cloth, spine with single rule at head and tail, and lettered, from type: ROMANCE. all gilt. A few leaves with light foxing, but a nice copy.

A set of advance sheets bound up for the use of the printer, William Clowes, and bearing his signature on the front end-paper. The published volume was eight hole sewn; the present copy is six hole sewn, without spare holes, which proves it not to be a rebind. It was the custom at this date for book proofs to be bound in cloth instead of the now familiar wrappers, and it is conceivable that this is one of a number of copies so made up. As far as we have been able to determine the text does not vary from that of the published volume. Certainly it exhibits all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, none of which are attributable to type-damage subsequent to setting. V. Smith, pp.32-4.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph) and HUEFFER (Ford Madox [later FORD].). Romance. A novel. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1903. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; blue rough buckram, blocked and lettered white on front cover, lettered and with gilt ruled boxes on spine; lower-edges uncut. Early leaves and advertisements foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Smith, pp.32-4. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. One of two thousand copies.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph) and HUEFFER (Ford Madox [later FORD].). Romance. A novel. Smith, Elder & Co., 15, Waterloo Place, 1903. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; blue rough buckram, blocked and lettered white on front cover, lettered and with gilt ruled boxes on spine; lower-edges uncut. Covers rubbed, worn, and repaired at back joint; end-papers renewed; early leaves and advertisements foxed. A good working copy.

Smith, pp.32-4. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. One of two thousand copies.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Nostromo: A tale of the seaboard. London and New York, Harper & Brothers, 45, Albemarle Street, W., 1904. Pp.[viii]+480; mottled dark blue fine rough buckram, blocked light blue on front cover and spine, lettered light blue on front cover, gilt on spine. First and last few leaves and edges foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Smith, pp.34-36: with all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. Apparently the first published issue.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). The mirror of the sea. Memories and impressions. Methuen & Co., 1906. Title-page printed in red and black; 40pp. inserted publisher's catalogue bound in at end before imprint leaf; green cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Gilt a little rubbed on spine, and spine a trifle worn at head and tail; cloth discoloured, back board damp-stained, corners bruised; inner joints cracked, one badly reglued; a little light foxing in text, otherwise a nice copy internally.

Smith pp.36-9. With the earliest state of the catalogue, and with all the internal flaws noted by Smith. Keating 67: "The book is scarce in untrimmed state, by far the greater part of the edition having been issued with trimmed edges" - apparently on account of objections raised by the libraries to the book as offered in its original form. 1,500 sets of sheets were printed in all.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). The mirror Of The sea. New York and London, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1906. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; pp.[vi]+[329]+[i (blank)]; light marina blue cloth, ruled blocked, and lettered pale primrose, blocked grey-brown and whitish grey on front cover, blocked and lettered pale primrose on spine. Covers just a litle marked and spotted, and spine a little darkened; otherwise a nice copy.

Inscribed on the day of publication of the English edition, ‘4th Oct. 1906', on the front end-paper: ‘To / Elena Wright / affectionately, from / her friend / the Author'. Subsequently inscribed, presumably in the donor's hand: ‘Eve Goodmam / from J.S. Hall / in memory of Nell.' The original presentation is to Conrad's sister-in-law, and the inscription is in Conrad's hand. The English edition of ‘The Mirror of the Sea' is usually said to have precedence. The inscription on the present copy might suggest that publication may have been simultaneous - though it may, of course, have been an advance copy. The present copy differs from the English first edition by the omission of the dedication.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). A set of six. Methuen & Co., 1908. Cancel conjugate half-title and title leaves, tipped onto stub of conjugate cancellanda; imprint leaf, followed by inserted 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated February 1908; dark ultramarine smooth cloth, blocked and lettered dark red on front cover, gilt on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine, and spine very slightly faded; light foxing of cancels; otherwise a nice copy.

Smith, pp.42-5. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. Smith is misleading in describing the cloth as ‘finely-beaded', since there is no embossed design: it is merely the patterning made by the warp and weft. In his discussion of issue variants, Smith may possibly have failed to realise that the prelims., as originally printed, consisted of two conjugate pairs, and not a four-page gathering, making it impossible to tell whether or not these leaves are cancels, except in copies in which they are pasted onto a stub. The first state, with the incorrect half-title, is known in only two copies, both in a trial binding of claret cloth, and the book was never issued in this state. The half-title and title are presumably not cancels, though Smith, seeing they were conjugate, assumed they were. The second (first issued) state has these leaves tipped on to a stub, as in the present copy. The third (second issued) state, recorded by Keating, has, if it exist and Keating did not fail to notice a pasted-over stub, the correct half-title with its conjugate title-leaf present as integral. The present copy has the earliest recorded catalogue, never seen by Smith, and belongs to the first issued state. Fifteen hundred copies of the book were printed.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). A set of six. Methuen & Co., 1908. Cancel conjugate half-title and title leaves, tipped onto stub of conjugate cancellanda; imprint leaf, followed by inserted 40pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated June 1908; dark ultramarine smooth cloth, blocked and lettered dark red on front cover, gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise nice.

Smith, pp.42-5. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. With the second of the three recorded catalogues, and in the first issued state. The first two catalogues both predate the book's publication on August 6th, though the third may not. Fifteen hundred copies of the book were printed.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Under Western eyes. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1911. Blank before half-title; 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end dated September 1911; light red fine bead grain linen patterned cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Light foxing of prelims. and last few leaves of catalogue; otherwise a fine copy.

Smith, pp46-7. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith (though it should be noted that the misprint listed as occuring on p.9 is in fact a correct reading!). Smith describes the cloth as ‘cerise'. It might become so if it were rather dusty.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). ‘Twixt land & sea. Tales: A smile of fortune; The secret sharer; Freya of the seven Isles. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1912. Light olive green dotted-line-ribbed cloth ruled blind, blocked and lettered black, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Some wear to cloth of spine at head and tail; pressure-dint on back cover; some light foxing; a very good copy, nonetheless.

Smith, pp.53-5. In this copy the word ‘seven' is correctly stamped on the front cover; the top edges are uncoloured (a variant not noted by Smith); and the internal flaws noted by Smith on pp.62, 165, and 167 are not present.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Some Reminiscences. Eveleigh Nash, 1912. Lge.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; dark blue fine diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Minor faults, but in general a near nice copy.

Smith, pp.48-51. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. One of the scarcer Conrad titles, 1,000 copies only having been printed, as against 3,500 copies of ‘'Twixt Land and Sea' (1912), 3,000 copies of ‘Under Western Eyes' (1911), 1,500 copies of ‘A Set of Six' (1908), or 2,500 copies of ‘The Secret Agent' (1907).

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Chance. A tale in two parts. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1913. Cancel title-page; imprint leaf at end, followed by 8pp. publisher's catalogue dated Autumn 1913; dark green linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Some wear to covers; edges foxed; a little light foxing throughout, but heavy foxing on prelims. and one or two early leaves.

Smith, pp.55-9. The bibliography of this book is complex. It was first printed with an integral title-page dated 1913, and with prelims. in which the table of Contents started on the verso of the dedication leaf (i.e., p.vi), p.v being so numbered, and p.viii left blank. The earliest copies printed are without battered type on pp.294 and 299, present in later copies; the earliest copies bound have only 8pp. publisher's advertisements at end, later copies having an additional 32pp. catalogue. About fifty copies of the book are said to have been distributed for review and other purposes with the title-page dated 1913, publication then being suspended until January 1914 on account of a strike at the binders, whereupon such unissued copies as had already been bound were provided with a cancel title-page dated 1914. These would seem to represent a later binding-up than the copies that had been issued already, since such copies are almost always found with the additional 32pp. catalogue, absent from those with the 1913 title-page. Such copies as were still only in sheets were provided with new prelims. having an integral title-page dated 1914, no page number on p.v, the table of Contents beginning on p.vii, and with p.viii bearing the remainder. Copies of this issue are known both with and without the additional 32pp. catalogue. Finally, copies with the 1913 title-page are known both with the title-page integral, and with it re-inserted on a stub, the fact of these latter copies having given rise to many speculations as to the possibility of forgeries. The present copy has the 1913 title-page on a stub, the correct first issue prelims., is without the later catalogue, and has moreover the earliest state of the text, without battered type.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Chance. A tale in two parts. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1914. Imprint leaf at end, followed by 8pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated Autumn 1913, and 32pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated September 1913; dark green linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Very nice copy.

Smith, pp.55-9. The bibliography of this book is complex. It was first printed with an integral title-page dated 1913, and with prelims. in which the table of Contents started on the verso of the dedication leaf (i.e., p.vi), p.v being so numbered, and p.viii left blank. The earliest copies printed are without battered type on pp.294 and 299, present in later copies; the earliest copies bound have only 8pp. publisher's advertisements at end, later copies having an additional 32pp. catalogue. About fifty copies of the book are said to have been distributed for review and other purposes with the title-page dated 1913, publication then being suspended until January 1914, whereupon such unissued copies as had already been bound were provided with a cancel title-page dated 1914. These would seem for the most part to represent a later binding-up than the copies that had been issued already, since such copies are almost always found with the additional 32pp. catalogue, absent from those with the 1913 title-page. Such copies as were still only in sheets were provided with new prelims. having an integral title-page dated 1914, no page number on p.v, the table of Contents beginning on p.vii, and with p.viii bearing the remainder. Copies of this issue are known both with and without the additional 32pp. catalogue. Finally, copies with the 1913 title-page are known both with the title-page integral, and with it re-inserted on a stub, the fact of these latter copies having given rise to many speculations as to the possibility of forgeries. The present copy has the reprinted 1914 prelims., the later catalogue, and has moreover the battered type on pp.294 and 299.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONRAD (Joseph). Chance. A tale in two parts. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1914. Cancel title-page, mounted on a stub; imprint leaf at end, followed by 8pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated Autumn 1913; dark green linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Some foxing of edges, prelims., and one or two other leaves; otherwise a very nice, bright, copy.

Smith, pp.55-9. The bibliography of this book is complex. It was first printed with an integral title-page dated 1913, and with prelims. in which the table of Contents started on the verso of the dedication leaf (i.e., p.vi), p.v being so numbered, and p.viii left blank. The earliest copies printed are without battered type on pp.294 and 299, present in later copies; the earliest copies bound have only 8pp. publisher's advertisements at end, later copies having an additional 32pp. catalogue. About fifty copies of the book are said to have been distributed for review and other purposes with the title-page dated 1913, publication then being suspended until January 1914, whereupon such unissued copies as had already been bound were provided with a cancel title-page dated 1914. These would seem for the most part to represent a later binding-up than the copies that had been issued already, since such copies are almost always found with the additional 32pp. catalogue, absent from those with the 1913 title-page. Such copies as were still only in sheets were provided with new prelims. having an integral title-page dated 1914, no page number on p.v, the table of Contents beginning on p.vii, and with p.viii bearing the remainder. Copies of this issue are known both with and without the additional 32pp. catalogue. Finally, copies with the 1913 title-page are known both with the title-page integral, and with it re-inserted on a stub, the fact of these latter copies having given rise to many speculations as to the possibility of forgeries. The present copy has the 1914 cancel title mounted on a stub, the original 1913 prelims., is without the later catalogue, and has no battered type on pp.294 or 299. It was evidently therefore among the earliest copies printed and bound up, though it was not among those that were sent out in advance.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Victory: An island tale. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1915. Cancel title; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements dated Autumn, 1915 after last leaf of text, followed by 32pp. catalogue dated at end 8/5/15; light red small-pattern-embossed linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. Covers lightly, and almost imperceptibly, marked; otherwise a very nice copy.

Smith, pp.64-67, noting the existence of issue variants, but giving no details, and not referring to cancel leaves. This copy bears a neat inscription on the front end-paper dated ‘Nov.1915'. The book was published on September 24th. Copies such as that presently offered, with cancel prelims., are presumably very early. In the present copy, the title-page may only appear to be a cancel; it is, at any rate, not conjugate with the half-title, and the first 4pp. advertisements are here sewn in, not tipped in, as in other copies we have seen. The present copy does not have the internal flaws mentioned by Smith as occurring on pp. 12, 20, 25, 85, 265, or 268, but has all the other ones, and, in addition one flaw not mentioned by Smith: the lead word "talked" at l.17 on p.265 being slightly inset from margin. In line 12 on p.265 the full stop is very faintly present after "teeth", and ll.9 and 13 are perfect. In every other copy we have handled, the full stop has been absent, and in most copies we have seen flaws have also been present in lines 9 and 13 on this page, though none of these flaws are mentioned by Smith. They are not present here. The first English edition, and, we think, exhibiting very early states of the text.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Victory: An island tale. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1915. Cancel title and conjugate half-title tipped in, leaving the following pair of leaves as singletons; 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements dated Autumn, 1915 after last leaf of text, followed by 32pp. catalogue dated at end 8/5/15; light red small-pattern-embossed linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading of spine, and covers lightly, and almost imperceptibly, marked; one or two very minor faults internally; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

Smith, pp.64-67, noting the existence of issue variants, but giving no details, and not referring to cancel leaves. Copies such as that presently offered, with the cancel prelims., are presumably very early. The present copy does not have the internal flaws mentioned by Smith as occurring on pp.5, 12, or 20, but has all the later ones, with the exception of ‘"e" spaced apart in "tone"' at line 15 on p.265, where this copy has instead different, and presumably earlier flaws, not mentioned by Smith: the first letter, "w", of the word following having become damaged, and the lead word "talked" two lines later being slightly inset from margin. In addition to the flaws noted by Smith, in line 12 on p.265 there is no punctuation mark present after "teeth", which has been the case with every copy we have handled except one; in most copies we have seen, however, flaws have also been present in lines 9 and 13 on this page. They are not present here. The first English edition, early but not first state of text.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Victory: An island tale. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1915. Integral half-title and title leaves conjugate respectively with the Author's Note and dedication leaves, and sewn in, not tipped in conjugate cancels as sometimes; 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements dated Autumn, 1915, after last leaf of text, followed by 32pp. catalogue dated at end 8/5/15; light red small-pattern-embossed linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Gilt slightly rubbed on spine, and front cover lightly stained; end-papers and fore-edges very lightly foxed, and front end-papers slightly cracking; otherwise a nice copy.

Smith, pp.64-67. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, including those that are sometimes absent. In addition to the flaws noted by Smith, in line 9 on p.265 the ‘f' in ‘yourself' has printed very heavily, the ‘l' too lightly; and in l.12 there is no punctuation mark present after "teeth", which has been the case with every copy but one that we have handled; in most copies we have seen, however, flaws have also been present in line 13 on this page. They are but barely present here. At l.3, p.295 the comma at the end of the line is widely spaced and printed slightly low. The first English edition, later state of text.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Victory: An island tale. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1915. Integral half-title and title leaves conjugate respectively with the Author's Note and dedication leaves, and sewn in, not tipped in conjugate cancels as sometimes; 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements dated Autumn, 1915, after last leaf of text, followed by 32pp. catalogue dated at end 8/5/15; light red small-pattern-embossed linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. A virtually fine copy.

The first English edition. Smith, pp.64-67. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, including those that are sometimes absent, except that the last line on p.20 does not have a wide spacing in ‘an'; the ‘n', however, is impressed too heavily. In addition to the flaws noted by Smith, in line 9 on p.265 the ‘f' in ‘yourself' has printed very heavily, the ‘l' too lightly; and in l.12 there is no punctuation mark present after "teeth", which has been the case with every copy but one that we have handled; in l.13 the ‘t' is too heavily impressed, and the ‘u' too lightly, in ‘about'.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Victory: An island tale. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1915. Integral half-title and title leaves conjugate respectively with the Author's Note and dedication leaves, and sewn in, not tipped in conjugate cancels as sometimes; 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements dated Autumn, 1915, after last leaf of text, followed by 32pp. catalogue dated at end 8/5/15; light red small-pattern-embossed linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. A virtually fine copy.

Smith, pp.64-67. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, including those that are sometimes absent, except that at p.25, l.20, a double end-quote is present instead of the single one recorded as present in some copies by Smith. The second end-quote is here too close to the first one, and has evidently been added, marking this as a later state. In addition to the flaws noted by Smith, in line 9 on p.265 the ‘f' in ‘yourself' has printed very heavily, the ‘l' too lightly; and in l.12 there is no punctuation mark present after "teeth", which has been the case with every copy but one that we have handled; in most copies we have seen, however, flaws have also been present in line 13 on this page. They are but barely present here. At l.3, p.295 the comma at the end of the line is widely spaced and printed slightly low. The first English edition, late state of text.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Within the tides. Tales. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1915. Title-page printed in red and black; light olive green beaded linen-patterned cloth ruled blind and embossed with design and lettering blind on blind panel on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. grey. Extensive light foxing of first and last few leaves and edges; otherwise a fine copy.

Smith, pp.60-61, but a variant binding not noted by Smith, copies more usually seen being in vertically ribbed cloth, and having the top edges stained green. With the single misprint noted by Smith. 3,500 copies were printed.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Within the tides. Tales. J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1915. Title-page printed in red and black; light olive green vertically ribbed cloth ruled blind and embossed with publisher's device and name blind on blind panel on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. green. Gilt darkened on spine, and top-edges faded; two or three scattered fox-spots, passim; otherwise a very nice copy.

From the library of John Wynford, Viscount St. Davids: bearing his armorial bookplate on the front paste-down, and his pencilled signature on the half-title page. Smith, pp.60-61. With the single misprint noted by Smith. 3,500 copies were printed.

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[CONRAD (Joseph).]. Turgenev: A study. By Edward Garnett. With a foreword by Joseph Conrad. 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1917. Blank before half-title; blank at end; light blue rough buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Gilt dull on spine, and covers a trifle marked; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy. Scarce.

Conrad's Foreword occupies pp.v-x.

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CONRAD (Joseph). The arrow of gold: A story bet- ween two notes. Garden City, New York, Double- day, Page & Company, 1919. Dark blue linen grain cloth blocked and ruled gilt, lettered blue through gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight foxing of edges, but a nice copy.

Precedes the English edition. Smith 22, later state of text. The total American print run was a good deal shorter than that for the English edition.

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CONRAD (Joseph). The Rescue. A romance of the Shallows. 1920, London and Toronto, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. Paris: J.M. Dent et fils. Pp.416; marine green calico-textured cloth ruled and blocked blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Gilt oxydised on spine and front end-paper creased; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Smith, pp.79-81. The first English published edition. With all the internal flaws noted by Smith, and in addition the word ‘of' badly battered at line 4, p.149. Apparently the present copy is a binding variant, Smith describing the fore-edges as being fully trimmed and the lower-edges as rough trimmed.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Notes on my books. William Heinemann, London, Anno domini: one thousand Nine hundred and twenty-one. Lge.post 8vo; limitation leaf tipped in before half-title; title-page printed in turquoise and black; final blank; pp.[vi]+178+[ii]; quarter parchment, hammered grey boards, paper spine label printed in cerise; a.e. uncut; spare label tipped in after last leaf. Label faded on spine; otherwise a virtually fine copy, unopened apart from the first gathering.

Smith, p.111. First edition, English issue. Printed in New York on antique de luxe paper. One of an edition limited to two hundred and fifty autographed copies for England (the American issue consisting also of 250 copies). Numbered as well as signed by Conrad.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Notes on Life & letters. 1921: London & Toronto, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. Title-page printed in vermilion and black; final blank; pp.xii+354+[ii]; mottled sea-green cloth, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight wear to cloth of back joint; gilt dulled; back end-papers a little cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition, first published issue, preceded by an issue limited to only 33 copies issued one month earlier. Smith, pp.87-9. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, but the second state (of three), the ‘S' and ‘A' of ‘SEA' in the eighth entry on p.xi being here added by hand: in the first state these letters are lacking; in the third state the leaf is a cancel.

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CONRAD (Joseph). The Secret agent: A simple tale. 1923, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. Lge.post 8vo; title-page printed in red and black; dull red cloth ruled and blocked blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. black; front paste-down printed in green. Very slight fading of covers; otherwise a fine copy in slightly chipped and scuffed dust-wrapper.

Includes an 8pp. Author's Note, dated 1920. The first unlimited edition with this Note. Issued as a volume in The Complete Uniform Edition.

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CONRAD (Joseph). The rover. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. Tall f'cap 8vo; title-page printed in black and red; final blank; pp.[viii]+286+[ii]; full dark blue calf over very thin boards, applied spine, ruled and blocked gilt, lettered dark blue through gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g.; end-papers printed with a double-spread seascape in yellow and dark blue-green. Fine copy.

Presentation copy, with Conrad's signed holograph inscription, dated 1923, to his housekeeper, Audrey Vinten, on the front end-paper. The first trade edition, published on December 1st, one day after the American limited edition, and two days before the first English edition. Apparently either a trial or presentation binding. Smith, pp.91-2, records the volume only as in dark blue linen grain embossed cloth, with blocking and lettering superficially similar, but in fact differing in detail from that of the present copy, the front cover panel here terminating in two inward angled scrolls enclosing an oyster shell, and being surmounted, as on a plinth, with a sailing ship mounted on two billowy waves, whilst the spine, instead of just lettering and rules, is blocked, near the top, with a front view of the same ship, the words ‘THE ROVER CONRAD' in three lines between rules, a scroll ornament, and, at the tail, the words ‘DOUBLEDAY / PAGE & CO.'. The gilt is here apparently real gold. The binding also differs from that described by Smith in having the top-edges gilt, and pictorial instead of plain end-papers. The title-page is without the blind-embossed panel around the publisher's device, but the text is otherwise the same, including all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, except that the mis-spaced lettering in ‘sight' in the last line on p.67 is not here evident.

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CONRAD (Joseph). The rover. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, London: [1,] Adelphi Terrace, 1923. Final blank; pp.317+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dark green vertical-rib-effect cloth, lettered on spine gilt within gilt ruled boxes, front cover lettered gilt. Gilt partly dulled on spine; inscription dated Christmas 1923 on front end-paper (the book was published on December 1st); otherwise a virtually fine copy in a dust-wrapper with three or four small chips, slightly frayed, and reinforced with brown paper on verso.

Smith, pp.93-5. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, except that the ‘g' is present in ‘go' at line 2, p.221. Smith regarded the presence of this ‘g' as indicating an early state of the text, a conclusion supported by the early date of the inscription in this copy, if we may assume that the first copies printed were also the first to be bound up. Smith had seen only two copies with the ‘g' present. The present copy is in the variant binding of dark green cloth, with the ribbing hardly pronounced, not in the ‘medium light yellowish green' cloth with more obvious ribbing, which is described by Smith as the norm, and which in our experience likewise is more often seen. In view of the inscription, the present dark green variant must surely represent the earlier issue. First English edition, first state, probable first issue.

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CONRAD (Joseph). The rover. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, London: [1,] Adelphi Terrace, 1923. Final blank; pp.317+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dark green vertical-rib-effect cloth, lettered on spine gilt within gilt ruled boxes, front cover lettered gilt; publisher's advertisement on smaller paper for other books by Conrad loosely laid in, as issued. Gilt dulled on spine; barely perceptible foxing of edges and first and last few leaves; otherwise a virtually fine copy in a dust-wrapper with one inch by half-inch chip at top of front panel.

Smith, pp.93-5. With all the internal flaws mentioned by Smith, except that the ‘g' is present in ‘go' at line 2, p.221. Smith regarded the presence of this ‘g' as indicating an early state of the text. Smith had seen only two copies with the ‘g' present. The present copy is in the variant binding of dark green cloth, with the ribbing hardly pronounced, not in the ‘medium light yellowish green' cloth with more obvious ribbing, which is described by Smith as the norm, and which in our experience likewise is more often seen. A copy that passed through our hands some while ago, which also had the ‘g' present on p.121 and was in this binding, bore an inscription dated Christmas 1923 - the book having been published on December 1st - and this leads us to believe that the present dark green variant must surely represent the earlier issue binding. First English edition, first state of text, probable first binding.

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[CONRAD (Joseph).]. Into the east: Notes On Burma and Malaya By Richard Curle. With a preface by Joseph Conrad. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1923. Lge.cr.8vo; first leaf of Preface a cancel; scarlet cloth flecked with brown, lettered gilt on spine. Spine faded, covers a little marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Conrad's Preface occupies pp.ix-xxv.

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CONRAD (Joseph) and HUEFFER [i.e., FORD] (F.M.). The nature of a Crime. Duckworth & Co, 3 Henrietta Street, 1924. Post 8vo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; deep salmon cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. burnished dark grey-green. Covers a little faded and spotted; light foxing of blanks; otherwise a nice copy in dusty and slightly snagged dust-wrapper.

Smith, pp.94-95. With both the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. Smith's description of the cloth as ‘fine bead-grain' is misleading since the grain is not impressed but is merely that made by the warp and weft.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Tales of hearsay. With a preface by R.B. Cunningham Graham. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1925. Dark bluish-green dotted line grain cloth lettered gilt on front cover, gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine. Cloth frayed at extreme head and tail of spine, gilt dulled on spine, and spine slightly faded; erasure from front paste-down, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy.

Smith, pp.96-8. With all the internal flaws noted by Smith, except that on p.61. (It should be noted that the error ‘Hell' for ‘Hall' listed by Smith as on p.71 is in fact the correct reading!)

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CONRAD (Joseph). Tales of hearsay. With a preface by R.B. Cunninghame Graham. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1925. Dark bluish-green dotted line grain cloth, lettered gilt on front cover, gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine. Light foxing of edges and half-title; otherwise a fine copy in frayed and insignificantly chipped dust-wrapper.

Smith pp.96-8. With all the internal flaws noted by Smith (though on p.71 ‘hell', not ‘hall', is in fact the correct reading).

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CONRAD (Joseph). Last essays. 1926, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. Frontispiece facsimile; one map in text; title-page printed in crimson and black; light green rough buckram, ruled and blocked with monogram device blind on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on spine; t.e. dark green. Gilt partly oxydised on spine; edges, half-title, and verso of last leaf foxed; otherwise a fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper slightly darkened on spine.

Complete with the publisher's inserted advertisements, 4pp. f'cap 8vo, on cream paper, headed ‘J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd A Selection of Spring Books 1926' loosely laid in, as issued, between pp.186 and 187. Smith, pp.103-6. With both the internal flaws mentioned by Smith. The volume includes an Introduction by Richard Curle.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Last essays. 1926, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. Facsimile frontispiece; title-page printed in red and black; green cloth ruled and blocked blind on front cover, blocked and lettered white on spine; t.e. green. Covers extensively damp faded; end-papers slightly spotted; otherwise a fine copy.

Smith, pp.103-106. With both the internal flaws mentioned by Smith.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Joseph Conrad: Life & Letters. By G. Jean-Aubry. Volume One [Volume Two]. William Heinemann, Ltd., 1927. Roy.8vo; sepiatone photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard and title page printed in red and black in each volume; blank before half-title in volume two; eight plates, and two leaf facsimile on smaller paper in volume one; four plates and double-sided facsimile on smaller paper in volume two; pp.[xii]+339+[i (blank)]; [xii]+376; slate blue cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked with Conrad's signature gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Very slight fading of cloth at spine-edge of one front cover; light foxing of edges and prelims.; otherwise a near fine copy of a scarce title.



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CONRAD (Joseph). The sisters. With An introduction By Ford Madox Ford. New York, Crosby Gaige, 1928. Wide demy 8vo; blank before half-title; decorative title-page; limitation leaf, followed by blank, at end; multi-tone red marbled boards, flat spine, black paper spine label printed in gold; a.e. uncut; text-paper end-papers. Label a little chipped; otherwise a fine, largely unopened, copy.

One of an edition limited to a total of 935 copies, this being one of 926 printed on hand-made paper. Printed by Bruce Rogers at the Press of William Edwin Rudge. Smith, p.112.

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CONRAD (Joseph). Congo diary And Other Uncollected Pieces. Edited and with Comments by Zdzislaw Najder. Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1978. Post 8vo format (but possibly in fact gathered in twelves); pp.[x]+158; quarter black rough cloth, lettered gilt down spine, drab board sides; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges sprinkled black. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.



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CONRAD (Joseph). Joseph Conrad: A Letter to William Nicholson. Introduction by G. Krishnamurti. The Eighteen Nineties Society, 1985. Demy 8vo, in half sheets; blank before half/series title; frontispiece printed in sepia; stub of leaf excised by the binder followed by two blanks at end; folding facsimile of Conrad's letter, 4pp. tall f'cap 8vo, tipped on to penultimate blank; white cloth, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt down flat spine; t.e.g.; black end-papers; black dust-wrapper blocked with lettering on front panel in gilt. Mint copy.

Of a total edition limited to 550 numbered copies, this is one of only fifty de luxe copies having the folding facsimile. An elegantly produced booklet, printed and bound in Otley, West Yorkshire. Issued as a volume in the ‘Makers of the Nineties' series under the general editorship of G. Krishnamurti.

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COOKSON (Catherine). Marriage and Mary Ann. Macdonald: London, 1964. Extra cr.8vo; final blank; pp.158+[ii]; dull blue cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). The Long Corridor. Macdonald: London, 1965. Pp.224; jade green wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front wrapper and up spine; made up without end-papers. Ink notes on wrappers and prelims. (v. below); otherwise a nice copy.

Uncorrected Proof copy, so rubber-stamped on the front wrapper. The ink-notes relate to the date and price of publication (‘Apr.8 18/-') and to the layout of the prelims. Evidently the publisher's production office copy.

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COOKSON (Catherine). Tilly Trotter Wed: A novel by Catherine Cookson. Heinemann: London, 1981. Double demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[viii]+[311]+[i (blank)]; hammered light olive cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). Tilly Trotter Widowed: A novel by Catherine Cookson. Heinemann: London, 1982. Double demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[vi]+266; hammered bottle-green cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Ownership rubber-stamp on front end-paper; light marginal embrowning of poor quality paper throughout; nonetheless a very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

From the library of Victor Sylvester Jnr., with his ownership stamp on the front end-paper.

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COOKSON (Catherine). The Black Velvet Gown: A novel by Catherine Cookson. Heinemann: London, 1984. Double demy 16mo format, perfect bound; pp.vi+[346]; carmine cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight foxing of top-edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). A Dinner of Herbs. A novel. Heinemann: London, 1985. Double med.16mo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.[x]+[513]+[v]; bright green fine-cloth-textured boards lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). Let me make Myself plain: A Personal Anthology. Bantam Press, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 1988. Med.8vo, sewn; eight double-sided plates in full colour; final blank; pp.190+[ii]; light blue cloth-textured boards, blocked with publishers device, ruled, and lettered on and down spine, gilt; light blue and white head and tail bands; light blue silk marker; light blue end-papers. Inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper of a difficult title.

An autobiographical miscellany of prose and verse. The plates illustrate the author's paintings.

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COOKSON (Catherine). The Wingless Bird. Bantam Press, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 1990. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[384]; scarlet cloth-textured boards, blocked with publishers device, ruled, and lettered on and down spine, gilt; scarlet and white head and tail bands; pale grey free end-papers printed with design in cerise. Fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). The Gillyvors. Bantam Press, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 1990. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[367]+[i (blank)]; dull cerise cloth-textured boards, blocked with publishers device, ruled, and lettered on and down spine, gilt; dull cerise and black head and tail bands; pale yellow free end-papers printed with design in cerise. Fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). My Beloved Son. Bantam Press, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 1991. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; two blanks at end; pp.[380]+[iv]; dark midnight blue cloth-textured boards, blocked with publishers device, ruled, and lettered on and down spine, gilt; blue and white head and tail bands; pale blue free end-papers printed with design in dark blue. Fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). The Rag Nymph. Bantam Press, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 1991. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[351]+[i (blank)]; sage green cloth-textured boards, blocked with publishers device, ruled, and lettered on and down spine, gilt; green and red head and tail bands; pale buff free end-papers printed with design in dark olive. Fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). The Maltese Angel. Bantam Press, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 1992. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[480]; dull emerald green cloth-textured boards, blocked with publishers device, ruled, and lettered on and down spine, gilt; emerald green and white head and tail bands; pale grey-green free end-papers printed with design in dark grey-green. Fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). The Year of the Virgins. Bantam Press, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 1993. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; final blank; pp.[270]+[ii]; dull blue cloth-textured boards, blocked with publishers device, ruled, and lettered on and down spine, silver; dark blue and white head and tail bands; free end-papers printed with design in grey. Fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). The Golden Straw. Bantam Press, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 1993. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[495]+[i (blank)]; glazed grey cloth-textured boards, blocked with publishers device, and lettered down and on spine, gilt; scarlet head and tail bands; pale grey free end-papers printed with design in dark grey. Fine copy in embossed dust-wrapper.



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COOKSON (Catherine). My Land of the North: Memories of a Northern Childhood. Headline, 1999. Double lge.post 8vo; half-title printed in purple and black, title printed in red, purple, and black; frontispiece on verso of half-title; numerous illustrations passim in black and white or full colour; pp.224; pale sky-blue fine-cloth-textured boards, down-lettered gilt on flat spine with the name of the author only (lower half of spine being blank); pale sky-blue and white head and tail bands. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The publisher's File Copy, bearing their small label to this effect on the spine of the dust-wrapper: almost certainly a trial binding, and possibly a final stage of proofs. A revised edition of a book published (by William Heinemann Ltd.) under the title ‘Catherine Cookson Country' in 1986. Printed in Singapore!

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COOPER (Duff). Sergeant Shakespeare. London, Rupert Hart Davis, 1949. Extra cr.8vo; pp.100; black buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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COOPER (Duff). Operation Heartbreak. A story. Rupert Hart-Davis, 1950. Final blank; black buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Minor faults, but a generally nice copy in slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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COOPER (William, i.e. H.S. Hoff).]. Three Marriages By H.S. Hoff. William Heinemann Ltd., 1946. Double cr.16mo; brown cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine; tan end-papers. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper. Scarce.



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COOPER (William [i.e., H.S. Hoff]). Scenes from Provincial life. A Novel. Jonathan Cape, 1950. Final blank; mottled very light brown slightly rough cloth, blocked scarlet on spine, lettered scarlet on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in frayed and slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.



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COOPER (William [i.e., H.S. Hoff]). The struggles Of Albert Woods. A Novel. Jonathan Cape, 1952. Blank before half-title; red boards, lettered cream on front cover, blocked and lettered cream on spine; lower-edges uncut. Near-fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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COOPER (William). The Ever-interesting Topic. Jonathan Cape, 1953. Blue boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly dusty dust-wrapper.



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COOPER (William [i.e., H.S. Hoff]). Scenes from Married life. Macmillan & Co Ltd, 1961. Red linen blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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COOPER (William [i.e., H.S. Hoff]). Memoirs of a New Man. A novel. Macmillan, 1966. Double cr.16mo; final blank; scarlet boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly creased dust-wrapper.



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COOPER (William [i.e., H.S. Hoff]). You Want The Right Frame Of Reference. Macmillan, 1971. Double cr.16mo; dull bright blue boards lettered gilt across and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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COOVER (Robert). Pricksongs & descants. Jonathan Cape, 1971. Demy 8vo; pale lime green boards blocked and lettered silver down spine; t.e. rose. One or two very minor faults, but in general a nice copy, in slightly frayed and darkened dust-wrapper.

First English edition. Published in America in 1969.

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COPPARD (A.E.). Clorinda Walks In heaven. Tales. The Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire, 1922. Initial blank; half-title not called for; woodcut vignette on title; imprint leaf (blank on recto), followed by two blanks, at end; quarter black buckram, green spine label printed in black, glazed yellow board sides; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Boards a trifle dusty, and worn very slightly at corners; light foxing of end-papers; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription (extending to some twenty words) on the front blank. Fabes, pp.10-11, the first issue, with the title-page integral. One of 770 copies thus.

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COPPARD (A.E.). Pink furniture: A Tale for Lovely Children With Noble Natures Illustrated by Nancy Bankart Gurney. Jonathan Cape, 1930. Numerous illustrations on text-paper; two blanks at end; pale tangerine and white mixed weave cloth blocked and lettered blue on front cover and spine, blocked blind on back cover; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Nice copy in frayed and repaired dust-wrapper lacking most of spine.

Binding variant, the usual cloth colour being cerise and white (‘pink'); the ornamental blocking on the spine and front cover is also variant. Fabes, pp.23-4. Fabes' fifth issue.

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COPPARD (A.E.). Fares please! An omnibus by A.E. Coppard Containing the stories In the volumes:- ‘The Black Dog,' ‘The Field Of Mustard' and ‘Silver Circus'. 880 pages. Jonathan Cape, 1931. Double cr.16mo; pp.[8]+13-884; bright lemon cloth, lettered black on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher's device black on front cover; lower-edges rough trimmed. Near fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper with one very small chip.

The pagination is somewhat curious, but nothing is lacking. Was the space left for an Introduction that was then not provided?

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COPPARD (A.E.). Nixey's harlequin. Tales by A.E. Coppard. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, 1931. Blank before half-title; cancel title-leaf; advertisement for ‘Fares Please!', on smaller paper tipped in after last page of text; pp.296; quarter black cloth, board sides embossed gilt, printed with mosaic design in black, yellow, orange, red, green, pink, and blue, paper spine label printed in pink and black; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Label slightly dusty; slight wear to lower corners; otherwise a very nice copy.

Fabes, p.20. The first issue.

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[COPPARD (A.E.)]. The writings of Alfred Edgar Coppard: A bibliography by Jacob Schwartz With foreword and notes by A.E. Coppard. The Ulysses Bookshop, 20 Bury Street, W.C.1, 1931. Three illustrations on text-paper; 8pp. blank except for the heading ‘Future collations' on each, at end, followed by final blank; quarter dark brick-red and white mixed weave linen, salmon red board sides, white paper spine label printed in black; fore- and lower- edges uncut; salmon red label printed in black tipped on to final blank. Paper of spine label presumably faded; free end-papers embrowned; otherwise a fine copy in somewhat frayed and creased tissue dust-wrapper.

Despite Schwartz's name having pride of place on the title-page, at least two thirds of the volume is occupied by Coppard's Foreword and Notes, the latter being anecdotal, and of some interest both biographical and literary. Of a total edition of 650 copies, all numbered and signed by Coppard, this is one of only 50 copies reserved for presentation. Presentation copy from the author to his wife, with Coppard's initialled holograph presentation inscription: "To Lily Anne/from the principal begetter of/this monstrous book" on the front end-paper. Beneath this inscription Coppard has written, and likewise initialled, an eight line comic poem, presumably unpublished.

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COPPARD (A.E.). Ring the bells Of heaven. The White Owl Press, 1933. Blank before half-title; wood engraved frontispiece on verso of half-title; buff fine weave cloth lettered gilt down spine, salmon fine weave cloth sides, front board lettered gilt; t.e. salmon, fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed near fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 150 copies numbered and signed by the author. Printed on Japon vellum.

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COPPARD (A.E.). Dunky Fitlow: Tales. Jonathan Cape, 1933. Limitation leaf precedes half-title; full vellum with flat spine, green leather spine-label tooled and lettered gilt; t.e.g., others uncut. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to three hundred copies, numbered and signed by the author.

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COPPARD (A.E.). When I have fears. [The Tintern Press, Brockweir, Mon., Autumn 1935]. Single sheet, folded, 4pp. Imp.8vo; pp.[1] and [4] advertisements, p.[2 (numbered 30)] bearing a wood engraving by Sylvia Marshall, p.[3 (numbered 31)] bearing Coppard's poem; printed variously in cerise, green, and black. Small lower corner torn from second leaf, otherwise a fine copy.

Printed on hand-made paper. A scarce piece of ephemera issued to solicit subscriptions for the proposed volume ‘Cherry Ripe'.

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COPPARD (A.E.). Selected Tales From his twelve volumes Published between the wars. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1946. Final blank; lime green cloth, lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in frayed and faded dust-wrapper.



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COPPARD (A.E.). Dark-eyed lady. Fourteen tales. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1947. Final blank; green cloth lettered yellow on spine. Slight fading of spine and slight spine roll; otherwise a very nice copy of a difficult late title.



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COPPARD (A.E.). Lucy In her Pink Jacket. Peter Nevill, 1954. Bright yellow cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper faded on spine.

The author's elusive last collection of stories.

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COPPARD (Lily Anne). The orange court. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1928. Plain drab wrappers, cut flush; made up without end-papers. Backstrip a little chipped, and partly reglued; front wrapper at some point detatched, and now tipped on a inner margin to half-title; some spine roll; otherwise a nice copy.

Uncorrected first book proof, extensively corrected and revised in the author's holograph. Inserted in manuscript on the Dedication page is the dedication as in the published book: ‘To / my beloved husband / A.E. Coppard.' together with a quotation from ‘Fine Feathers', the author's signature and address, and the date November 1928. It seems possible that this copy may actually have been presented to Coppard by his wife whilst the novel was still passing through the press. The volume as published bore the date 1929.

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