14 December 2000
CONRAD, Joseph. The Arrow of Gold. A Story Between Two Notes. London: Unwin, . 8o. Original green cloth (spine faded, sides slightly soiled, front inner hinge a bit tender).
First English Edition, issued four months after the American and including corrections made by Conrad too late for that edition; the variant with a perfect "A" in the page 67 headline. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by the author to a lifelong friend and his wife on the front free endpaper: "To dear Helen & Ted Sanderson with love, J. Conrad. 1919." Conrad met Edward Sanderson in 1893 when he was a first mate on a ship on which Sanderson and John Galsworthy were passengers. They became close friends, with Conrad dedicating his second book, An Outcast of the Islands (1896), to him. Frederick R. Karl (in his Joseph Conrad: The Three Lives, New York, 1979, p. 323) suggests that Sanderson also figures in Conrad's fiction: "Aspects of Ted surface in Lord Jim, some invisible destructive pattern behind the resolute, heroic young man who wanted to do good for God and country... This contrast between exterior rosiness and internal disintegration was an element Conrad would cultivate in his fiction, and Ted may have already embodied such qualities to the novelist's eye." Cagle A38b(1); Smith 22.
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