Title: The Complete Works of Joseph Conrad Complete...
Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Company
Publication Date: 1923
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good+
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+
What is remarkable about this Conrad set published between 1923 and 1924 is not only that all 24 volumes are present but that they include their original 24 dust jackets. The books are bound in a deep, satiny blue cloth with gilt spine titles and top-edge gilt. There is also a blind-stamped cameo vignette of a ship on each spine, as well as blind-stamped borders in addition to a gilt line beneath each title. The books are all tightly and securely bound and show only minimal spine and edge rubbing, having been protected by the jackets. Some have light fading of the cloth at the top edge. Only three volumes contain the original owner's name, hometown and date (1924) written in ink on the front free endpaper. Several other volumes contain his name, etc. in a light pencil, easily erased. The text pages are clean and bright, with no stains, marks, or foxing that I noted. The books mainly range from Very Good to Near Fine condition. As for the dust jackets, I've placed them all into archival Brodart protective sleeves. The dust jackets are a tan paper with a circlular vignette cameo of a ship on the front panel, a small vignette drawing of the author on the spine, and the titles and volume numbers in black. Most of the dust jackets are in Very Good+ condition. They all have some spine browning or darkening. A number have small chips and tears, particularly in the spine area. While most of the dust jackets are in Very Good+ condition, at least, about two of the dust jackets are in only Good+ condition, with some seam separations and taped repairs on the reverse, particularly in Volume 4. The Volume 2 jacket, as can be seen, has larger spine chips than the others. I believe that these uniform volumes were originally sold separately, rather than as a set. The volume numbers on the dust jackets are not to be found in the books themselves. I've included photos of the books with their dust jackets and without, so that the buyer can decide how he might with to display them. The titles, in volume number order, are as follows: 1. The Arrow of Gold, 2. Victory, 3. Almayer's Folly, 4. Lord Jim, 5. Youth, 6. An Outcast of the Islands, 7. Typhoon, 8. The Rescue, 9. Chance, 10. The Shadow-Line, 11. The Inheritors, 12. The Mirror of the Sea, 13. The Nigger of the Narcissus, 14. Nostromo, 15. Notes on Life and Letters, 16. A Personal Record, 17. Romance, 18. The Secret Agent, 19. A Set of Six, 20. Tales of Unrest, 21. Twixt Land and Sea, 22. Under Western Eyes, 23. Within the Tides, 24. The Rover. Each book measures 5 1/4 by 7 5/8 inches. The shipping weight comes to 31 pounds and a shipping adjustment email will be sent to the buyer following order. NOTE: I am also offering Conrad's two final works, Suspicion and Last Essays published posthumously a year or two after this set, in separate listings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001741
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