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    First Edition of Joseph Conrad's Second Novel

    Joseph Conrad. An Outcast of the Islands. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1896.

    First edition of the author's second novel, first issue, with the following typographical errors: "this" for "their" on page 26, line 31 (four lines up); "absolution" for "ablution" on page 110, line 12; "9" missing in the page number at the foot of page; and "hate" for "fate" on page 356, line 26 (nine lines up). Octavo (7.875 x 5.25 inches; 200 x 134 mm.). [8], 391, [1, printer's imprint] pages. Title-page printed in red and black.

    Publisher's dark bluish-green vertically-ribbed cloth. Spine lettered in gilt within single-rule gilt borders at the top and bottom. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Corners bumped; a couple of small dings to the board edges; a few small areas of slight discoloration to the cloth on front cover; cloth blistering on the spine and rear cover; two tiny nicks to the cloth on the spine and a couple of tiny chips to the head of the spine. Front hinge starting, but sound. Short one-eighth of an inch nick to top of rear hinge. Endpapers slightly browned in the gutter. Paper very slightly browned at the fore-edge, with a few tiny chips and tears, most noticeable in gather 18, where there is a half-inch tear to the fore-edge of pages 263/264. Occasional minor thumb-soiling. A very good copy. Protected in a gray cloth chemise and slightly worn quarter blue gray morocco over marbled board slipcase, with the spine paneled and lettered in gilt with five gilt-dotted raised bands.

    An Outcast of the Islands was published on March 4, 1896, in an edition of 3,000 copies. However, Mr. MacKay (in "The Bibliography of Joseph Conrad," in Bookman's Journal, 3rd series, V. 15, No. 3: 163-4, '27) states that, as with Almayer's Folly, 1,000 copies of An Outcast of the Islands were printed for the domestic market and 250 for the Colonial. See Smith.

    Smith, Conrad, 2.


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