FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. Inscribed: "Signed for Richard Curle by Joseph Conrad. this 24 Jany 1920." Inserted into the volume is also a letter from Curle, dated November 11th, 1922, which begins: "I saw in a catalogue a copy of a book signed to me by Conrad and thought to discover how it had got there..." Curle was a Scottish author, traveller and bibliophile. He was a frequent correspondent of Conrad's, for whom he acted as an assistant during the novelist's later years.