Title: CHANCE: A Tale In Two Parts (VERY FINE COPY)
Publisher: Methuen, London
Publication Date: 1913
Binding: Decorative Cloth
Book Condition: VERY FINE
Edition: First Edition.
Conrad, Joseph. CHANCE. London: Methuen, 1914 . First Edition. A VERY FINE example of Conrad's first major success, the book which brought his earlier novels to the attention of the reading public. It is his only novel with a female protagonist and the tale, despite lessened collector interest over the years in favor of such works of genius as LORD JIM and HEART OF DARKNESS, can be viewed as a minor masterpiece if only for its intriguing attempt to bring to female psychology the kind of insight Conrad so strongly succeeded in bringing to his male characters. This copy is completely unrubbed and unmarked, a stunning survival in this condition given it lacks the rare dustjacket. CHANCE was printed in 1913 but most copies (as here) sport the title page as a stub-borne cancel dated 1914 (made necessary by delays in production; only a few dozen copies still exist with the original 1913 title and we've never seen a truly fine example). This copy is also in the binding state with the imprint showing the "U" in Methuen. It has adverts dated Autumn 1918. Although the bibliographic points on this title are fun to discuss (for some) if one has a passion for variations in the design of a publisher's imprint as stamped on the spine (sometimes books are bound at more than one location using different stamping tools) or adverts (they are insertions without any reliability; we never use them as bibliographic proof for anything). This is the 21st century and, unless you have the true integral 1913 title page, nothing really matters here except condition, condition, condition. Housed in a nice quarter morocco slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 001526
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Store Description: We are antiquarian booksellers located in Mill Valley, California and have been buying and selling rare books and manuscripts since 1993. We are also members in good standing of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. Our stock is select. Our emphasis, whenever possible, is on superb condition, rarity, literary importance and generally falls into two categories: 19th and early 20th Century Manuscripts and First Editions...and 20th Century Manuscripts and First Editions which have source relevance to Cinema.