Chance: A Tale in Two Parts
Hard Cover. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1914. 1st Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, second issue, with the title page as a cancel leaf pasted upon the remaining hinge left by the removed first issue title page and with eight pages of publisher's advertisements dated August 1913 bound in at the end of the text. Earliest obtainable issue; "only some fifty copies of the first edition of Chance with the genuine first title-page were issued and... the cancelled titles were destroyed by the binders" (Wise, 22). A near fine copy with some wear to the spine ends, only a hint of dimming on the spine and gilt, fresh pages. 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.