Joseph conrad inscribed collection
Collection of four first editions and one later. Arrow of Gold, Twixt land and sea, A personal record (later edition) The Rescue , Tales of Hearsay. Four inscribed by Conrad, one by his widow. One copy in special full leather Ramage binding with accompanying letter from the author showing that he has arranged to have this copy bound up.(have not been able to locate any inscribed copies speciacally bound for author) The Arrow of Gold First edition 1919
Full green crushed Morocco. Boards oblong blind stamped with gilt floral motifs banded gilt lettered spine. Inner gilt dentelles with binders "Rammage" stamp, Aeg. Green mottled end papers. Bookplate of Surgeon Sir Robert Jones verso of front free endpaper.Bold black ink signature to half title "To Sir Robert Jones from his most grateful Joseph Conrad 1919" Clean slightly cropped copy
Accompanying letter folded with slight horizontal tear to fold
[oswalds/Bishopsbourne/Kent - Blue Head note paper]
Printed Telegram address to left also in Blue
Pencil date Nov 22
8 Nov .19
Dear Sir Robert,
A few days ago I dispatched to you/a bound copy of The arrow of Gold -the book/of my 60th year. It had lost its chance/ of being read by you [at] sea on your out-/ward passage because of the binders who, were an unconscionable time in executing the order./Pray give it a home on your shelves in the / assurance of the author's gratitude and affection.
My wife wrote to you about three weeks ago to/report her condition. The radiograph of the knee/was dispatched yesterday. I am sorry to say/ that since we came into this house the/pain and [worry] of the limb have increased./[it] may be that she exerted herself a/ little too much during the move; though every/ care was taken to spare her every necessity for / undue efforts [erasure] for the last week or so especially/ she has had very bad nights being unable to find/ a restful position. The painful sensations extend now/ high up the muscles of the thigh.
May I make a request ? Will you be good,enough to let me know, as soon as it is quite/ convenient to you the approximate date of the / operation and also the locality [&] the home in/which you wish her to be placed. I am coming/ with her , of course, with my son, who is going/ to see us both through the ordeal, and my wife's/ personal maid, a great favourite whom she/wishes to have near her. The finding of suitable/ lodgings at a convenient distance from the nursing/ home may take a few days. I must also make/ arrangements for the journey in advance.
Believe me dear Sir Robert , always / affectionately yours
(2) Twixt Land and sea First Edition J.Dent 1912
Olive green publisher's cloth. Black lettered front board gilt lettered spine. Pp. 264 Light scattered foxing to text. Light small stain to top front right front board extremity. Boldly inscribed to front free end paper "To Mr & Mrs Watson* / with great regard/ Joseph Conrad/ [flourish]/Dec 1921
*Mrs Watson was Sir Robert Jones' Daughter
Opposite glued on to front board is a hand written crd address by Conrad's Wife Jessie
"Dear Mrs Watson
I send you one of the books/I promised you. I received/ by this afternoon's post. It was/ found in Paris. It brings/ you my love and very/sincere good wishes to, you all. [ Forgive haste?] / may I sign myself/ affectionately Jessie Conrad.".
(3) A personal record Joseph Conrad J M Dent 1919 Edition
Green publisher's lettered in brown/gilt front boards and spine. Pp. 256. Slight foxing. Bookplate of Orthopedic Surgeon Sir Robert Jones. Bold black ink signature to front free end paper
"To Sir Robert Jones/ with deep and affectionate regard/ Joseph Conrad/ Dec 1919 [flourish]
(4) The Rescue Joseph Conrad First edition J M Dent 1920
Dark green publisher's cloth pp 416 Binding slightly scewed and some splitting inner back hinge but tight clean copy. Slight damage to side of front free end paper. Bookplate of "Sir Robeert Jones" inner front board, Bold black ink signature to front free end paper "Sir Robert Jones/ with the greatest/regards and affection, from/ Joseph Conrad / 1920.
(5) Tales of hearsay Joseph Conrad T.Fisher Unwin 1925
First edition of posthumous work. Hardback green publisher's cloth gilt lettered. pp. 288. Internally bright copy some cloth marking and spine faded. Bookplate of Sir Robert Jones Liverpool to front inner board. Gift inscription from Conrad's widow Jessie to Jones front free endpaper.Jones was Doctor to Conrad and John Galsworthy and has an Orthopaedic hospital named after him in Oswestry Shropshire