San Francisco: The Limited Editions Club, printed by Taylor & Taylor, 1961. de Frietas, Lima. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 401 pp., signed by Lima de Freitas, with LEC Monthly Letter and announcement. Fine / very good +. Item #19071804
Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) (1857-1924) was an English novelist and short-story writer of Polish descent. During his lifetime Conrad was admired for the richness of his prose and his renderings of dangerous life at sea and in exotic places. But his initial reputation as a masterful teller of colourful adventures of the sea masked his fascination with the individual when faced with nature’s invariable unconcern, man’s frequent malevolence, and his inner battles with good and evil. To Conrad, the sea meant above all the tragedy of loneliness. A writer of complex skill and striking insight, but above all of an intensely personal vision, he has been increasingly regarded as one of the greatest English novelists (n. b., info from Brittanica website).
This work, "Nostromo", differs from many of Conrad's other novels in that instead of focusing on the individual, here Conrad "takes a diversity of creatures and sets them against running history, makes them a part of the public life of a disturbed country, gives them, in every instance, a part to play..." (from the LEC Monthly Letter). "In 1998, the Modern Library ranked 'Nostromo' 47th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It is frequently regarded as amongst the best of Conrad's long fiction; F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, 'I'd rather have written Nostromo than any other novel'. " (n.b., from Wiki)
___DESCRIPTION: Designed by Adrian Wilson; bound in quarter brown burlap, turquoise linen spine label stamped with aluminum lettering, turquoise linen sides stamped with aluminum vignette on the front, double-spread illustrated title page, volume illustrated by Lima de Freitas with sixty-five pen drawings, twenty-five of which are hand-coloured through stencils; Bulmer type on Basingwerk Parchment paper; pagination: (i)-xxiv, (1)-376, colophon (377); quarto size (11.5" by 8.75"); signed by illustrator; limited edition, no. 351 of 1500; with the original glassine wrapper, Monthly Letter and announcement loosely laid in. Slipcase is covered in silver paper with light tan paper label stamped with aluminum.
___CONDITION: Book is in fine condition with clean boards, perfectly straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The glassine wrapper a bit better than very good, with minor overall edgewear, mostly at the tail of the spine, and some creasing. LEC Monthly Letter is fine, clean, free of wear, with only the original mailing fold and the announcement is also fine, clean, no edgewear, a few very shallow creases. The slipcase also better than very good, strong and sturdy, with some overall light wear including minor chips of the silver paper covering the case. Overall a lovely example, the book pristine and all original components present.
___CITATION: LEC no. 323.
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