"CONRAD'S MASTERWORK": FIRST EDITION OF JOSEPH CONRAD'S NOSTROMO
CONRAD, Joseph. Nostromo. A Tale of the Seaboard. London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1904. Octavo, original blue cloth.
First edition of one of Conrad’s greatest novels—his "most sheer piece of creation" (John Galsworthy)—a splendid copy in original cloth.
Nostromo is widely considered Conrad's "longest, most complicated, most powerful work" (Jean-Aubrey, 169). To famed literary critic Harold Bloom, "Conrad's masterwork is Nostromo… [it] rewards frequent rereadings in something of the way that Othello does" (Joseph Conrad, 6). Set in South America at a time of political unrest, the novel, which tells of a harrowing voyage to hide stolen treasure, has also been described as Conrad's "most sheer piece of creation. For by his own confession, very much of his work was based intimately on his own adventures and experiences; and Nostromo creates a continent which he had only glimpsed" (John Galsworthy). Conrad wrote that Nostromo occupied "two years of arduous work," and despite initial slow sales in book form, "is now considered as my greatest creative effort." Serialized in T.P.'s Weekly (January-October, 1904). As issued without dust jacket. It is believed that the first edition consisted of about 2000 copies. Page 187 misnumbered 871. Cagle A10a.1. Wise 15.
Interior very fresh, lightest trace of foxing to fore-edges, bright gilt-stamped cloth. An exceptional about-fine copy.