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    Three Privately Printed Books by Joseph Conrad, Accompanied by Seven Autograph Letters Concerning Their Publication. An important group of three privately published works consisting of Conrad's ancillary notes, letters, and diary entries including: Notes by Joseph Conrad Written in a Set of His First Editions in the Possession of Richard Curle With an Introduction and Explanatory Comments. London: Privately printed, 1925. First edition, limited to 100 hand-numbered copies and signed by Richard Curle on the limitation page. Octavo. 41, [1], [1, printer's slug], [1] pages. Publisher's light brown cloth with printed paper spine label. Original glassine (some loss). An excellent copy. This copy with two ALSs from Richard Curle (a noted travel book writer and collector of Joseph Conrad) to a Mr. Bain (apparently the printer) on his letterhead. Both letters are concerned with the payment for and production of this very title. Both letters are dated April of 1925. [and:] Five Letters by Joseph Conrad Written to Edward Noble in 1895. With a Foreword by Edward Noble. London: Privately printed, 1925. First edition, limited to hand-numbered 100 copies, signed by Edward Noble on the limitation page. Octavo. 21, [1, printer's slug] pages. Publisher's printed buff wrappers with original glassine. Excellent. This copy with four ALSs. The first is a holograph letter from Jessie Conrad (wife of Joseph) thanking Mr. Bain for sending her a copy of this pamphlet and apologizing for some mishap in the publication; "Dear Mr. Bain, I am sorry I have been so long in acknowledging your kindness in sending me the little book of my husband's letters. I have been much away from home on account of my mother's seriousness. I have been more sorry than I can say for the unfortunate trouble over the pamphlet but I understand from Mr. Curle that the matter is settled. With very kind regards. Sincerely yours, Jessie Conrad." The next letter is from Richard Curle to James Bain and he apologizes as well and leads one to think it was all a matter of an unpaid bill. At the end he proposes that they meet soon to discuss "at least one more intensely interesting pamphlet-the Diary kept by Conrad in the Congo" [see below]. "The last two are from Edward Noble, a friend of Conrad's and a seaman with literary aspirations. They are both to James Bain and in them Noble brings up a few points about the difficulty, for him, in having the five letters published (though he does thank Mr. Bain for sending a check in payment for the letters). Both letters are dated April of 1925. [and:] Joseph Conrad's Diary of His Journey up the Valley of the Congo in 1890. With an introduction and notes by Richard Curle. London: Privately printed, 1926. First edition, limited to 100 copies. Octavo. 35, [printer's slug] pages. Publisher's green cloth with printed paper spine label. Minor chips to edges of label. An excellent copy. This copy with an ALS from Curle to Bain proposing that the book here cataloged be published: "Dear Mr. Bain, Please peruse the enclosed - the information is not common property, remember - & let me know whether you think it would make an interesting pamphlet. Such a booklet would be very easy to space out & produce charmingly. My own opinion is that a limited expensive edition would be snapped up. I could sign them all if it came to that."

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