The First English Published Edition of The RescueJoseph Conrad. The Rescue. A Romance of the Shallows. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1920.
First English published edition. Revisions not found in the first (unpublished) printing are incorporated into this text. Publication date: June 24, 1920. Octavo (7.625 x 5.125 inches; 193 x 131 mm.). 416 pages. Printer's imprint at the foot of page 416: "The Temple Press Letchworth England."
Publisher's dark green calico-texture cloth. Front cover with a thin single blind rule border and publisher's device stamped in blind in the center. Spine lettered in gilt. Head of spine very slightly bumped, top edge lightly dust-soiled. Three tiny nicks at the fore-edge of leaves D8 (pages 63/64), G1 (pages 97/98), and M8 (pages 191/192); leaves B2 and B3 (pages 19/20 and 21/22), X6 and X7 (pages 331/332 and 333/334), and Y2 and Y3 (pages 339/340 and 341/341) are still partially unopened at the fore-edge, and P6 and P7 (pages / and 237/238) are still attached at the tip of the lower corner. Tiny (glue?) stain at the upper blank corner of page 12. A few stray traces of printer's ink in the margins. An exceptionally clean and bright copy. In the original color pictorial dust jacket. The jacket has only very slight browning and minimal wear at the top edge, otherwise it is absolutely fine. Chemised in a quarter dark green book-backed slipcase with the spine ruled and lettered in gilt and with five raised bands.
"The Rescue was published on May 21, 1920, in an edition of 25,000 copies" (Smith). "The Rescue was privately printed and distributed to reviewers on June 4, 1920, in an edition of 40 copies" (Smith). "The Rescue was published on June 24, 1920, in an edition of 23,750 copies" (Smith).
"Throughout this edition control numbers within parentheses are reproduced at the foot of certain pages; these numbers were used by the pressman as a guide for printing. Such numbers did not appear in the first English edition" (Smith).
"This first English published edition is printed from the same type-setting as the first English edition and therefore may be considered another impression (revised of the first English or a second issue)" (Smith, page 81).
Smith, Conrad, 23.
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