New York: McClure, Phillips & Co, 1903. First American edition. 381, [blank] pp. 8vo. Original blindstamped green cloth, spine and upper board gilt, extremities slightly rubbed, spine sunned, a little shaken, ownership inscription to ffep. Very good. First American edition. 381, [blank] pp. 8vo. The title story is somewhat overshadowed by the inclusion of Heart of Darkness. McClure seems to have been very inefficient in handling this book: he failed to secure copyright for the title story, which was then pirated by Outlook magazine (New York) from the serial version which appeared in Blackwood's. Likewise, copyright procedure for Heart of Darkness was not completed prior to book publication, and that story appeared in The Living Age (Boston). The End of the Tether was not serialised in the US. The book text was set from uncorrected proofs of the first English edition, and Conrad's final corrections were not included. Cagle A7b; Keating 38 (Inventory #: 303714)
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