Hardcover. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1921. 1st Edition. Near Fine.
First American edition, first printing. Publisher's navy cloth, with front board and spine stamped in gilt; in its original pale blue dust jacket, printed in green, with Paul Brown's rendering of a Conrad bust sculpted by Jo Davidson to front panel. Near fine book, with a tiny bump to bottom right corner of front board, a touch of rubbing to spine ends and corners, light offsetting to endpapers, and slightly dusty top edge of text block; good unclipped dust jacket, with some creasing and small closed tears to panel edges and spine ends, some rubbing along flap folds and joints, medium-sized split to top of front flap fold, and some thumbsoiling to panels and spine. Overall, a solid copy, internally clean. Notes on Life and Letters is a collection of twenty-six essays, including "Henry James," "Stephen Crane: A Note Without Dates," "Tales of the Sea," "An Observer in Malaya," "Poland Revisited," "Some Reflections on the Loss of the 'Titanic,'" and "Protection of Ocean Liners." According to Conrad, the collection "has more to do with life than letters." Notably, Conrad's political essay "A Note on the Polish Problem" makes its first appearance in this collection. Item #JC102