London: Duckworth & Co., 1924. First Edition. Cloth. Small 8vo (7 1/2" x 5 1/8"), salmon cloth with gold lettering on spine, Mylar-protected lettered dust jacket (unclipped), 119 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #2091
SUPERIOR COPY of this slender work with an full dust jacket with only the slightest rubbing, though the spine is darkened and there are traces of browning in places--see illustrations.
This was the last of three collaborations between Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Hueffer / Ford. Though it was written in 1906 and appeared in a magazine, it was not published in book form until soon after Conrad's death.
The work is a series of love letters written to a married woman who is visiting Rome. An anonymous narrator states his intention to commit suicide because he anticipates being found out in a financial scandal.
Inscribed on free front endpaper by a previous owner. Slight light brown offset to pastedowns.
Ford Madox Ford (born Ford Hermann Hueffer [1873 – 1939]) was an English novelist, poet, critic and editor whose journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature.
Ford is now remembered for his novels The Good Soldier (1915), the Parade's End tetralogy (1924–28) and The Fifth Queen trilogy (1906–08). The Good Soldier is frequently included among the great literature of the 20th century, including the Modern Library 100 Best Novels,The Observer s "100 Greatest Novels of All Time", and The Guardian s "1000 novels everyone must read."--Wikipedia
Harvey A57: Published simultaneously in America. This was probably the penultimate completed work that Joseph Conrad had prepared for the press before his death.