Youth, inscribed
Joseph Conrad
CONRAD, Joseph (1857-1924). Youth: A Narrative and Two Other Stories. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1902.

First edition, a presentation copy, of Conrad's most important collection of stories, including "The Heart of Darkness." This copy is inscribed to Conrad’s friend and adviser: “To Marguerite Poradowska with the author’s dear love, 20th Nov 1902.” The three collected stories, "Youth," "Heart of Darkness," and "The End of the Tether," had all appeared previously in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. Cyril Connolly counts "Heart of Darkness," along with Conrad's The Secret Agent, among the top hundred works in The Modern Movement: "This account of a superman running an ivory business in the heart of the Congo for a greedy sanctimonious Belgian company and brutalising himself and the natives in the process, is a masterpiece of sinister deterioration seen by a narrator who is himself profoundly altered by it." Marguerite Poradowska (1848-1937) was related to Conrad by her 1874 marriage to his cousin Aleksandr Poradowski, whom she met in Belgium. The couple lived in Ukraine for ten years before returning to Belgium, where she began a career as a writer, eventually authoring eight novels as well as novellas and short stories. She met Conrad in 1890 and the two began a correspondence for many years. Cagle A7a(1); Connolly The Modern Movement 14.

Octavo. With ads dated 10⁄02. Original green cloth stamped in black (slightest rubbing to gilt on spine, very minor bumping to corners). Custom slipcase.

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