Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1902 First edition, first issue with earliest ads (dated "10/02"). Publisher's green cloth, front board with decorative floral motif and lettering in black, spine lettered in gilt with black flower decal. Very good, with some light rubbing to the extremities, slight lean to the spine, minor toning to the spine and board edges, a few light spots to the page edges, spine very lightly starting at the half-title, otherwise fresh interior. Overall, a bright and attractive copy. Wise 10. A collection of three short novels, this volume contains "Heart of Darkness" and "The End of the Tether" in addition to "Youth: a Narrative." The first two novels, both of which had been published separately prior to this publication, feature Conrad's reoccurring character Charles Marlow, who often serves as the author's alter-ego, and confront the dichotomy of East and West. "Youth," the shortest of the three pieces, is narrated by Marlow and tells the story of a young Western man's first trip to the East, while "Heart of Darkness" tells of the haunting story of Marlowe's work an ivory transporter on the Congo River in colonized Central Africa which led him to meet the shadowy Mr. Kurtz. The progression of the main character's age continues in "The End of the Tether," which tells of Captain Whalley as he spends his old age sailing. Together, the three volumes examine the different stages of life and the effect of society on an individual's life.. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good. (Inventory #: JC043)
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