New York: Appleton, 1896. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. First Printing of Conrad's second book, published as part of Appleton's "Town and Country Library Series," no. 198, with terminal advertisements. Foolscap 8vo (178 x 115mm): ,335,pp. Original lime-green pictorial cloth (also issued in wrappers), spine and upper cover stamped in black, scarlet, and gilt. Discrete oval book label with monogram of bibliophile and Conrad collector Stanley J. Seeger, whose library was dispersed by Sotheby's in 2013. A superior example, virtually pristine (small rectangular offsetting to inner edges of pp. 176-77, where short receipt was laid in), tightly bound and crisp and clean throughout. Wise 2. Keating 6. Ehrsam, p. 293. Fine. Item #BB1768
Originally entitled Two Vagabonds: A Tale of the Islands and inspired by Conrad's experiences as mate of the steamer Vidar. In many ways, reminiscent of his first novel, Almayer’s Folly, and featuring Conrad's recurring character Tom Lingard, who also appears in Almayer's Folly and The Rescue (sometimes called the Lingard Trilogy), as well as sharing other characters with those novels. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).