Hard Cover. London: Methuen and Co., 1916. Very Good.
Ninth edition. Presentation copy; signed and inscribed by Conrad in 1916 on the front endpaper to Grace Willard. Original publisher's red cloth, spine lettered in black. Catalogue dated 15/11/15 bound in at rear. An about very copy with some scattered spotting and small stains to the boards; some fraying to the extremities, mostly to upper spine and corners; hinges starting with some faint evidence of an early repair, some chipping to the edge of the last three leaves of the catalogue, text block shows some browning and some light foxing to the preliminaries. House in a green custom slipcase with folding chemise. The recipient of this presentation copy, Grace Willard, was a close friend and an interior designer who assisted the Conrads decorate their homes. Most notably, she was also the mother of actress, Catherine Willard, who was recommended to Henry Irving by Conrad for the role of Mrs. Verloc in a stage production of Conrad's The Secret Agent. Catherine was also for consideration for the role of Lena in a proposed film version of Victory. Chance is a novel in two parts: Part 1: "The Damsel" and Part 2: "The Knight." Narrated by Conrad's familiar narrator Charles Marlow, Chance is somewhat different than Conrad's other works in its focus on a female main character and its discussion of feminism as a social issue.