Hard Cover. Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1902. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first issue with earliest ads (dated "10/02"). Original publisher's green cloth, front board with decorative floral motif and lettering in black, spine lettered in gilt with black flower decal. Very good, with some light toning to the spine, spine ends lightly worn with a tear to the upper corner, some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, primarily at corners; internally, generally clean with only some mild offsetting and light foxing to the endpapers and pastedowns and a former owner bookplate to the front pastedown. A very good copy. Wise 10. A collection of three short novels, this volume contains "Heart of Darkness" and "The End of the Tether" in addition to "Youth: A Narrative." The first two novels, both of which had been published separately prior to this publication, feature Conrad's reoccurring character Charles Marlow, who often serves as the author's alter-ego, and confront the dichotomy of East and West. "Youth," the shortest of the three pieces, is narrated by Marlow and tells the story of a young Western man's first trip to the East, while "Heart of Darkness" tells of the haunting story of Marlowe's work an ivory transporter on the Congo River in colonized Central Africa which led him to meet the shadowy Mr. Kurtz. The progression of the main character's age continues in "The End of the Tether," which tells of Captain Whalley as he spends his old age sailing. Together, the three volumes examine the different stages of life and the effect of society on an individual's life.