Lot 197
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[Conrad, Joseph]

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  • [Conrad, Joseph]
  • Volumes from the library of Joseph or Jessie Conrad, including two presentation copies from Marguerite Poradowska, comprising:
  • paper
Poradowska, M. Marylka. Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1896, presentation copy inscribed by the author to Joseph Conrad (“A Conrad… … présentes  + futures… …affection.  MP. 7 Nov 95”), contemporary cloth, hinges splitting, some browning; Poradowska, M. Mariage Romanesque. Paris: Librairie Plon, [1903], presentation copy inscribed by the author to Joseph Conrad (“A K[onra]d K[orzeniowski] – Joseph Conrad | affectueaux souvenir | M Paradowska”), original wrappers, contents shaken and becoming loose, worn and soiled--ed. Garnett, E. Letters from John Galsworthy. London: Jonathan Cape, 1934, presentation copy inscribed by the editor to Jessie Conrad (“Nov. 34. | Jessie Conrad | from Edward Garnett.”), original cloth, some spotting, fading to spine--Stevenson, R.L. In the South Seas. London: Chatto and Windus, 1900, ownership signature of Jessie Conrad in Polish (“Jessie Korzeniowska | Pent Farm”), original cloth, some spotting and browning, upper joint split--Morf, G. The Polish Heritage of Joseph Conrad. London: Sampson Low, [1930], presentation copy inscribed by the author to Jessie Conrad (“To Mrs. J. Conrad | very thankfully dedi | cated | G Morf”), original cloth, binding worn; all 8vo

See previous lot for a note on “Aunt Marguerite”. In a letter, thought to be dated 23 February 1895, Conrad presumably makes reference to an instalment of Poradowska's novel published within a periodical: “…To explain why I have not yet thanked you for Marylka, I must tell you that I was in bed, in rather poor shape, at the home of my friend Hope, while your book awaited me in London… My dear and good Aunt, you have mangled this poor book. And Brunetiere [the literary critic and editor of the Revue des Deux Mondes], who is alone responsible, is, moreover, an imbecile. But what remains is very delightful…” (see CL, I, p. 202)


Christie’s South Kensington, 7 June 2005, lot 151 [item 2]