THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS: A Tale of the Sea. Joseph Conrad.

THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS: A Tale of the Sea.

London: Heinemann, 1898. First UK edition. His third book, a novella partly based on his experiences during a voyage from Bombay to London. Preceded by the 1897 U.S. edition issued as CHILDREN OF THE SEA. Serialized in London's The New Review as "The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’; a Tale of the Forecastle" (Aug. to Dec. 1897). Serialized in the U.S. 9 times in various pericodicals in 1897 under its original name and would seem to have been well-received. But Dodd, Mead reportedly changed the title for U.S. publication not, as one might assume, because they believed the word "nigger" to be offensive but because they feared a book about a black man wouldn't sell. Only 1,519 copies total issued in three bindings, this one being the third, with a 32-page catalog bound in at end headed by Harold Frederick’s ILLUMINATION. Spine a little darkened, spine ends and corners showing some wear, and cheap-paper endpapers show a little offset from the binding as well as two small chips. Still, a solid, tight copy that is otherwise very good.
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Price: $500.00

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