Victory

CONRAD, Joseph

AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY

CONRAD, Joseph Victory

Methuen, 1915.

First UK edition. Original red cloth lettered in gilt. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on publication on the front endpaper, "To Caroline and Arthur Marwood from J. Conrad 1915." A bright and clean near fine copy, with a touch of fading to the spine.

A charming association copy of Conrad's psychological novel. Conrad met Arthur Marwood through their mutual friend Ford Madox Ford, who later based the hero of Parade's End, Christopher Tietjens, on Marwood's life and character.
Marwood was evidently a loyal and assiduous reader of Conrad's work, and wrote to him in April 1915 to suggest a correction that might be made in Victory. Conrad's reply suggests a strong friendship: "I am much relieved by your letter as far as Victory is concerned... you, my dear fellow, are the real Wise Man of the Age. I am so convinced by the truth of what you say that I'd have cabled to U. S. the correction you suggest, if it hadn't been too late... I can't tell you how grateful I am to you for our friendship, which speaks aloud to me out of the lines of your letter so indulgent and so careful of my good fame and fortune" (30th April 1915).

Stock ID: 39131

£7,500.00

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