Lot 180
  • 180

Conrad, Joseph and Ford Maddox Hueffer

Estimate
250 - 350 GBP
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Description

  • Conrad, Joseph and Ford Maddox Hueffer
  • The Nature of a Crime. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924
  • paper
8vo, first American edition, presentation copy inscribed by Jessie Conrad to Richard Curle in year of publication ("With grateful affection to a dear | and valued friend Richard Curle | from | Jessie Conrad Korzeniowska | 1924"), original decorative boards, green paper labels on spine and upper cover, library stamp and remains of library labels on endpapers

Provenance

Richard Curle, presentation inscription from co-author; the sale of Curle's Conrad Collection at the American Art Association, New York, 28 April 1927, lot 144

Literature

Keating 186

Catalogue Note

A fine association copy, inscribed to the Conrads' longlasting friend, the author and editor Richard Curle (1883-1968). Curle was the dedicatee of The Arrow of Gold, and was a regular guest of the Conrads after 1919. He was at Oswalds when Conrad died on 3 August 1924, and Jessie would have inscribed the present copy to Curle sometime after its posthumous publication on 26 September. Curle helped Jessie in the immediate aftermath of her husband's death, assisting in the sale of his library, but is said to have disapproved of her later extravagance.
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