1895. [with a relevant 1897 letter] A Story of an Eastern River. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. Original dark olive green cloth. First Edition of Joseph Conrad's first book, an edition believed to have consisted of 1000-1250 copies. Conrad, after meeting the real "Olmeijer" in East Borneo in 1887, gradually produced the manuscript of this book over the six years 1889-1895. He submitted it to Unwin for consideration in their "Pseudonym Library", using the pseudonym "Kamudi" (Malayan for "rudder") -- enclosing the return postage, so sure was he of its rejection. However, Unwin's reader Edward Garnett saw the manuscript's promise and accepted it for non-pseudonymous publication.~This copy is in the first state (as are most copies), with the letters missing from the last two lines of page 110. Condition is nearly fine, with virtually no wear at all: there are some faint droplet-marks on the rear cover, and a little foxing on a few leaves. Cagle A1a.1.~THIS IS A REMARKABLE ASSOCIATION COPY, INCLUDING A RELEVANT 1897 LETTER. As indicated by his paste-down bookplate, his half-title signature, and his title page ink-stamp, this was the copy of L.C. Casartelli. Louis Charles Casartelli (1852-1925) was an academic in the field of Eastern religions, the author of numerous books in that field between 1882 and 1908, and a professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). In 1878 he had also become an ordained priest of the Catholic Church; in 1903 he was elevated to the post of 4th Diocesan Bishop of Salford (the Manchester-Liverpool area), a post he held until his death.~Tipped to the front endpaper is an autograph letter signed TO Casartelli from [Father Thomas] Jackson, who had been the first Prefect Apostolic of the Catholic Church in (British North) Borneo -- having been named to that post in the 1880s, after being Chaplain to the troops in Kandahar. With a return address of "St. Peter's School, Freshfield [Liverpool]", and dated May 30th 1897, Jackson's letter reads:~I return, with many thanks, the book you kindly lent to me [this copy!]. I have never heard of Joseph Conrad. Whoever he be, he certainly knows the ways of the people who live in Borneo. His descriptions are very life-like. His story is certainly founded on fact too. The Captain Lingard, whom he mentions so often, was a real personage. He has not even changed the name. About 1883 he was at Singapore, and, wishing to know what the North Borneo Co. was doing, he came in a Singapore ship to the west coast. On that occasion I joined the ship at Lahuan, on its way north, and spent three days with Lingard... I am yours sincerely [-----?] Jackson.
(Inventory #: 13357)
You can be confident that when you make a purchase through ABAA.org, the item is sold by an ABAA member in full compliance with our Code of Ethics. Our sellers guarantee your order will be shipped promptly and that all items are as described. Buy with confidence through ABAA.org.