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Conrad, Joseph
THE NIGGER OF THE "NARCISSUS." PREFACE. [HYTHE: PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR BY J. LOVICK, 1902]
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Conrad, Joseph
THE NIGGER OF THE "NARCISSUS." PREFACE. [HYTHE: PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR BY J. LOVICK, 1902]
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
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Conrad, Joseph
THE NIGGER OF THE "NARCISSUS." PREFACE. [HYTHE: PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR BY J. LOVICK, 1902]
8vo, FIRST SEPARATE (AND REVISED) EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S "MANIFESTO", 7pp. stapled pamphlet (as issued), SIGNED BY CONRAD at head of p.1 and with one small correction by him, and with a FOUR-LINE INSCRIPTION BY CONRAD, SIGNED, on p.7 ("This preface suppressed on the advice of the | publishers was printed by Mr Henley at the end of | serial publication in the N[ew] R[eview] as an afterword | J.C."), preserved in green cloth chemise and matching morocco-backed cloth slipcase, minor rust stains around single staple and pages detached, morocco of slipcase faded
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Provenance

Estelle Doheny, green morocco book label (sale Christie's New York, 17 October 1988, lot 1205)

Literature

Cagle A3f; Karl, Joseph Conrad: the Three Lives, 1979; Knowles and Moore, The Oxford Reader's Companion to Conrad, 2000

Catalogue Note

One hundred copies of this 'suppressed preface' were privately printed for Conrad by J. Lovick of Hythe. Forty of these copies, however, were accidentally destroyed by Conrad.

Sidney Pawling of Heinemann refused to print the text of Conrad's preface with the novel and, although it had appeared in the New Review for December 1897, it did not appear in book form until the 1914 Doubleday & Page edition in the United States. Only in 1921 did it appear as a preface in Heinemann's collected edition.

Knowles and Moore note that "this 'Preface' has... come to be seen as Conrad's artistic manifesto" (p.326). For Karl it is "a document of overwhelming personal and aesthetic importance for him. It was... his personal summation of the life of the artist up to 1897 and... a harbinger of the artist to come" (p.394).

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