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    First Edition of Chance

    Joseph Conrad. Chance. A Tale in Two Parts. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., [1914].

    First edition, with a cancel title undated on the recto and with "First published in 1914" on the verso and with "METHUEN" at the foot of the spine. Octavo (7.4375 x 4.875 inches; 189 x 124 mm.). vii, [1, blank], 406, [1, blank], [1, printer's imprint] pages plus eight pages publisher's catalog ("Methuen's Popular Novels"), dated "Autumn 1913."

    Publisher's dark green linen-grain cloth with spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. One tiny crease to the head of the spine, and a very tiny bump to the lower corner of the front cover. Three-inch closed tear (paper flaw) into the text on leaf 13/7 (pages 205/206), affecting a few letters, but with no loss. Otherwise a very fine copy, with both the cloth and the gilt on the spine fresh and bright. Chemised in a quarter dark blue morocco book-backed slipcase with the spine ruled and lettered in gilt with five raised bands.

    "Chance was printed in the latter part of 1913, but the actual issuance, except for about 50 copies, which were sent to critics, depository libraries, and other special people, was delayed until 1914. The title-pages which had already been printed with the 1913 date on page (iv) were removed and new ones (cancels) with the 1914 date substituted. In later issues, the entire half-sheet was reprinted and the 1914 title-page formed an integral part of the first signature" (Smith).

    Chance was serialized in The New York Herald from January 21 through June 30, 1912.

    Smith, Conrad, 18.

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