Hard Cover. London: Duckworth and Co., 1924. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition. Publisher's red cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, top edge stained dark gray; in the original tan dust jacket lettered in black and decorated in red. A near fine copy with a touch of toning to top edge and very light fading to spine, small area of discoloration to bottom edge of text block near the spine, tiny black ink spot to the verso of half-title at the edge, some faint offsetting to title page; in a near fine dust jacket with toning to spine and light wear to extremities, two tiny nicks to spine head, one short closed tear to the bottom edge of the rear fold. Overall, a beautiful copy. The Nature of a Crime, first published in 1909 in the English Review, is the third collaborative novel written by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford (born Ford Hueffer). The narrator is a man struggling to come to terms with a crime he has committed; when entrusted with power of attorney over a client's wealth, he spent the money for himself. Though it was serialized during Conrad's lifetime, it was not until after his death that the story appeared in book form, and did not garner the same level of attention as his other novels. That said, the book holds an important place in 20th century literature, and was one of the first to deal with themes of a personal nature, rather than focusing on themes of British imperialism that were popular at the time.