Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926. Hardcover. Duodecimo size, 327 pp. Near fine / very good +. Item #19050402
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a Polish-British writer who wrote stories and novels that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an impassive, inscrutible universe; he often brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. "The Secret Agent" is a departure from Conrad's seafaring novels and deals with more political themes such as espionage and anarchism; this volume part of a series of Conrad's works from the publisher, the "Concord Edition".
___DESCRIPTION: Full navy cloth, gilt rectangle and decoration inside gilt ruled borders with navy lettering on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, title page with orange and black ruled borders and publisher's device in orange; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xv [xvi] [1-2] 3-311. In a light blue paper dust jacket with dark blue lettering and decorations on the front panel and spine, illustration of Conrad with a list of his other books from the publisher on the rear panel, a description of another book by Conrad on the front flap, and information regarding the edition from the publisher on the rear flap. With an announcement from the publisher, one sheet printed front and back, laid in.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; very light rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, light soiling and sunning to the spine, and foxing to the top and bottom edges of the text block, with a few spots of soiling to the fore-edge. The dust jacket is almost near fine, price-clipped, with light soiling, light wear to the corners and top edge, sunning to the edges and spine, and a few spots of soiling to the verso. The publisher's announcement is near fine, clean, without wear but for small creases to the top corners.
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