February 2022 Catalogue

“One Of The World’s Literary Masterpieces”: First Edition Of Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim—The Doheny Copy 15. CONRAD, Joseph. Lord Jim, A Tale. Edinburgh and London, 1900. Octavo, original green cloth, custom slipcase. $7000. Click for more info First edition, first issue, of Conrad’s brilliant exploration of morality and the torment of guilt, unusually bright in the original cloth—the Doheny copy, with her morocco bookplate. To critic Cedric Watts, Conrad’s Lord Jim is “one of the world’s literary masterpieces… Conrad, like Britannia, rules the waves… a book of the rare literary quality of Lord Jim is something to receive with gratitude and joy.” Lord Jim would prove a major influence on Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby and on the works of Faulkner, Hemingway and Robert Penn Warren, who have each “acknowledged the importance of Conrad’s fiction” (Cambridge Companion). With all first-issue points. Serialized in Blackwood’s Magazine, beginning in late 1899. As issued without dust jacket. Cagle A5.a. Keating 25. Smith 5. Wise 7. This volume is from the celebrated collection of Estelle Doheny and bears her morocco-gilt bookplate. “One of the earliest female book collectors in the United States, Estelle Doheny, purchased her first rare book in 1931 and continued buying books and manuscripts until her death in 1958” (DePaul University). Mild foxing to fore-edge and first few and last few leaves, light rubbing to joints, binding sound, cloth clean, gilt bright. A near-fine copy, with excellent provenance. “There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting… than the life at sea.” February 2022 – 17 – Bauman Rare Books