New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906. First American Edition / Later Printing. Hardcover. Later printing of the First American Edition without the date on title page and different binding. 8vo blue cloth binding stamped in gilt (note, the first printing has smooth, light blue cloth binding pictorially decorated). Classic autobiographical memoir by the Polish-English writer. Laid in is an original letter from biographer Jerry Allen to one Mrs. John F. Joline. Jerry Allen is the author of THE THUNDER AND THE SUNSHINE, a biography of Joseph Conrad. In the letter, Miss Allen inquires about a family connection to Capt. John Blunt who dueled with Conrad in Marseilles on Mar 1, 1878. Allen asks whether Mrs. Joline has any old family letters with information on episodes related to Conrad's life. The letter is typed on an 8.5 x 11" folded sheet and signed by Allen. On the verso side, Mrs. Joline has handwritten a response (presumably done so to preserve the correspondence for herself), and regretfully informs Allen that she does not have any information to contribute. She adds that she did not know that Blunt and Conrad were in a duel. She also mentions that her husband was a collector of Conrad's books of which this copy of THE MIRROR OF THE SEA is from her husband's library. It has his owner bookplate on front pastedown and signature on front flyleaf. Also laid is an "explanatory note" apparently by John Joline ("J.F.J. Jr.") regarding ancestry and personal history of Blunt, perhaps his own research which may have been prompted by the Miss Allen's letter. Interesting correspondence and example of historical research in-the-works. Spine worn/darkened, else very good with minor soiling to page edges. No dj. Accompanying material is very good with minimal signs of handling.
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