CONRAD, JOSEPH. Autograph letter signed (''J. Conrad'') to [Edward] Moore (of his publisher Methuen & Co.), Someries, Luton, n.d. [late January 1908: docketed ''Recd. 30/1/8'']. 2 pages, small 4to, on both sides of a single sheet, marginal traces of mounting on verso, slight and even darkening to a portion of verso.
CONRAD, JOSEPH. Autograph letter signed ("J. Conrad") to [Edward] Moore (of his publisher Methuen & Co.), Someries, Luton, n.d. [late January 1908: docketed "Recd. 30/1/8"]. 2 pages, small 4to, on both sides of a single sheet, marginal traces of mounting on verso, slight and even darkening to a portion of verso.
STORIES FOR "A SET OF SIX"
A fine letter regarding the contents of A Set of Six, a collection of six tales published originally in magazines, issued later in 1908 by Methuen. "The copy of the vol of short stories is all written and most of it is serially published, except 2 insls. [installments] of Duel and the story Il Conte the corrected proof of which for Cassell's Mag I sent you last evening. I have text of Duel (in slips) ready for the vol by me. But I haven't got the others viz: The Strong Man (Pall Mall), the Anarchist & the Informer (Harpers), the Brute (Daily Chronicle Xmas No. 1906). Have you in the office the typed copies of these four stories? If not we will have to hunt for them as I have not a scrap...I imagine that the Black Mate is not going into that vol. I would like to know what Mr. [James] Pinker [his literary agent] thinks about the matter? Razumov certainly shall not go into that collection. I intend it for the nucleus of another vol. [the novel Under Western Eyes, 1911]. The reference to Black Mate please ask the editor of London [Magazine, where the story would be appearing] to send me proof as early as possible. That story is totally unrevised as you know..."
With an autograph letter signed from Conrad's wife Jessie to Florence (Mrs. Frank) Doubleday (wife of his American publisher), Oswalds, Bishopbourne, Kent, 15 June 1923, 4 pages, 8vo, first page a little faded, regarding the Doubledays' recent visit and Conrad's poorish health (an attack of the gout), mentioning their son Borys, and requesting: "Will you ask Effendi [Mr. Doubleday] to be a dear and let me know how many copies they printed of the first edition of the Cookery book [her A Handbook of Cookery for a Small House, 1923], in England and America?..." (2)