The Rescue. A Romance of the Shallows

CONRAD, Joseph.
Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920.
First U.S. edition (preceeding the English).
Octavo, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt. Gilt on spine slightly dull, some shelf wear, ownership signature on front free endpaper, otherwise good copy.

This novel caused Conrad great grief in its writing, and was finished twenty-three years after it was begun. Conrad started the story while on his honeymoon in 1896, and he intended to have it published by Fisher Unwin as the last novel owed to him under a contract which started with the publication of Almayer's Folly. Serial rights to the story were purchased by the Illustrated London News in 1898, but he wrote to Mrs. E.L. Sanderson: "…it is an inextricable mess. Dates are knocked over like ninepins: proofs torn to rags: copyrights trampled under foot. The last shred of honour is gone, –also the last penny". When he did at last finish the novel in May of 1919, he was not displeased with it, but he did regard it as "conventional", and hoped it would therefore be a popular and financial success. [Cagle A49a(1). Keating 131. Smith 23. Wise 55. S & W 525 (U.S. edition)].

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