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    Joseph Conrad. Victory. An Island Tale. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1915.

    First edition in book form, first printing. Octavo (7.375 x 5 inches; 187 x 127 mm.). [6], 462, [1, printer's imprint and device], [3, blank] pages. Printer's imprint on page [463]: "The Country Life Press, Garden City, N.Y."

    Publisher's dark blue linen-grain cloth with front cover stamped in gilt and spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Color map on the front endpapers. Head of spine lightly bumped. Pencil notation at head of rear free endpaper: "This is the real 1st edition-out 3/26/15 / published prior to the English ed. / CSC." Preceded by the notation "Mto [?] / 5/15/15." A very fine copy. In the original scarce dark gray paper dust jacket printed in dark blue and gilt. The jacket is lightly browned at the edges, the spine has faded to green, and there is minimal edgewear, mainly at the spine ends, with one tiny chip at the foot of the spine. Chemised in a quarter dark brown cloth book-backed slipcase with spine ruled and lettered in gilt and with five raised bands.

    "Victory was published on March 26, 1915, in an edition of 10,000 copies" (Smith). The first English edition, published by Methuen, was published on September 24, 1915, in a first impression of 8,000 copies, including those for the Canadian and Colonial markets. "This novel first appeared in Munsey's Magazine, New York, February 1915, pages 112-240. It was also printed in the London Star from August through November 9, 1915" (Smith).

    Smith, Conrad, 20 (pages 62-64).

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