The Joseph Conrad Collection from the Library of the late Stanley J. Seeger - Part I

Sotheby's
London

Date of the auction: 10.07.2013

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CONRAD, LETTER TO KLISZCZEWSKI, 1885

Conrad, Joseph AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED USING HIS POLISH NAME ("K.N. KORZENIOWKI"), TO JOSEF SPIRIDION KLISZCZEWSKI bemoaning the result of the recent British general election, warning that "every disreputable ragamuffin in Europe feels that the day of universal brotherhood, despoliation and disorder

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £12,000 - £15,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, 13 LETTERS TO E.B. REDMAYNE, 1893-1912

Conrad, Joseph A SERIES OF 13 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED, TO E.B. REDMAYNE an exceptional series, mostly dating from 1893 to 1896, and including an important letter from February 1896 expressing his political beliefs and anxieties about his own future shortly before his marriage, charting the early

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, TWO LETTERS TO W.H. CHESSON, 1894

Conrad, Joseph TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO W.H. CHESSON writing about his first novel Almayer's Folly before the publication, the first letter admitting that the "Pantai River" in the novel was identifiable as a river in Borneo and regretting "to see my own stupid finger pointing for ever to the

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, ALMAYER'S FOLLY, 1895, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO CAPT AND MRS W.H...

Conrad, Joseph ALMAYER'S FOLLY. A STORY OF AN EASTERN RIVER. LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN, 1895 8vo, first edition, first state of the author's first book, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his last Captain ("To Capt. and Mrs | W.H. Cope | with the Author's compliments.") on the half-title

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, ALMAYER'S FOLLY, 1895, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, 1 VOL.

Conrad, Joseph ALMAYER'S FOLLY. A STORY OF AN EASTERN RIVER. LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN, 1895 8vo, first edition, first state of the author's first book, signed by the author with a note about the work's conception ("my very first attempt at | writing, as related in | A Persona[l] Record. | J.C.") on

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, ALMAYER'S FOLLY, 1895, FIRST EDITION, SECOND STATE, 1 VOL.

Conrad, Joseph ALMAYER'S FOLLY. A STORY OF AN EASTERN RIVER. LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN, 1895 8vo, first edition, second state of the author's first book, title-page in red and black, original blue green vertically ribbed cloth lettered in gilt on spine, some spotting, head and foot of spine slightly

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, ALMAYER'S FOLLY, 1895, FIRST EDITION, COLONIAL ISSUE, 1 VOL.

Conrad, Joseph ALMAYER'S FOLLY. A STORY OF AN EASTERN RIVER. LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN, 1895 8vo, first edition, colonial issue, title-page in black, publisher's advertisement for "Unwin's Colonial Library" on page [2], original green vertically ribbed cloth lettered in gilt on spine, some browning to

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, SIX LETTERS TO TED SANDERSON AND HELEN WATSON, 1895-1896

Conrad, Joseph SIX AUTOGRAPH LETTERS (FOUR SIGNED, ONE LETTER PRESUMABLY LACKING ITS FINAL LEAF, ONE WITH SIGNATURE CUT AWAY), FIVE TO TED SANDERSON AND ONE TO HIS FIANCÉE HELEN WATSON a series of letters written with blazing intensity to one of his closest friends, urging him to propose to the

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS, 1896, PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION

Conrad, Joseph AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS. LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN, 1896 8vo, first edition of the author's second book, one of around 1,000 copies, presentation copy inscribed by Conrad on the front endpaper ("From the Author"), title page in red and black, original dark green vertically ribbed

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS, 1896, INSCRIBED TO EDWIN PUGH

Conrad, Joseph AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS. LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN, 1896 8vo, first edition of the author's second book, one of around 1,000 copies, presentation copy inscribed by the author at the first page of text on p.3 ("To my friend | Edwin Pugh | Jph Conrad. | 18/12/98"), title page in red and

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS, 1896. COLONIAL ISSUE

Conrad, Joseph AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS. LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN, 1896 8vo, first edition of the author's second book, colonial issue with title page reset and advertisements for Unwin's colonial library on verso of p.iv, original olive green vertically ribbed cloth (Cagle's 'a' binding

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £500 - £700

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, LETTER TO MRS WALL, 1896

Conrad, Joseph AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO NITA M.B. WALL ("DEAR MRS WALL") a lengthy and gracious response to her letter of appreciation on The Outcast of the Islands, describing her letter as a reward for the painful labour of creation ("...when one sits before the blank page while the unexpressed

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, LETTER TO FISHER UNWIN, 1896

Conrad, Joseph AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO T. FISHER UNWIN an unusually witty and light-hearted letter including a wry statement of his artistic credo written to his publisher from his honeymoon in Brittany ("...We only took possession of our own hut, hovel, cottage (or whatever other name it

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, LETTER TO UNWIN, 1896

Conrad, Joseph AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, TO T. FISHER UNWIN ("DEAR SIR") informing him that, after failing to find Unwin at his office, he is going out of town and asking him "to send me word about my short story and the Cosmo", giving his address as "Stanford-le-hope, Essex", 1 page, 8vo, headed

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS, 1897, COPYRIGHT EDITION

Conrad, Joseph THE NIGGER OF THE "NARCISSUS". A TALE OF THE FORECASTLE. LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN, 1897 large 8vo (245 x 163mm.), 120pp., first separate issue, copyright edition, one of eight known copies, original grey wove paper wrappers, note by Heinemann or publisher's clerk on upper wrapper

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. THE CHILDREN OF THE SEA, NEW YORK, 1897

Conrad, Joseph THE CHILDREN OF THE SEA. A TALE OF THE FORECASTLE. NEW YORK: DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, 1897 8vo, first American edition, first issue, title-page dated 1897, original light blue unsized cloth, upper cover lettered in gold around illustrated panel in black and shades of blue depicting bow

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £300 - £500

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. THE CHILDREN OF THE SEA, NEW YORK, LATER EDITION, SIGNED

Conrad, Joseph THE CHILDREN OF THE SEA. A TALE OF THE FORECASTLE. NEW YORK: DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, [PROBABLY AFTER 1898] 8vo, American edition, later printing, signed by Conrad on the half-title, frontispiece illustration, title-page reset (but setting otherwise apparently as in first printing

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS. LONDON, 1898

Conrad, Joseph THE NIGGER OF THE "NARCISSUS". A TALE OF THE SEA. LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN, 1898 8vo, first English edition, first state 4pp. of advertisements at the end (leaves S1, S2), 16-page catalogue of publisher's "...Autumn Announcements" bound in after this, original slate grey smooth

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £500 - £700

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS, LONDON, 1898, INSCRIBED TO HELEN MARY...

Conrad, Joseph THE NIGGER OF THE "NARCISSUS". A TALE OF THE SEA. LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN, 1898 8vo, first English edition, presentation copy inscribed by Conrad near the time of publication on half-title to the future wife of his friend Edward Sanderson ("To Miss Watson, | from her very faithful

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. DER NIGGER VOM "NARZISSUS", 1912, INSCRIBED TO BORYS

Conrad, Joseph DER NIGGER VOM "NARZISSUS'". MUNICH: ALBERT LANGEN, 1912 8vo, first edition in German, translated by Ernst Wolfgang Gunter, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title by the author to his son Borys ("To my dear son Borys | J. Conrad | 1914"), original light brown pictorial cloth

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, THE RESCUE, AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT, 1897

Conrad, Joseph "THE RESCUER. A TALE OF NARROW WATERS" autograph manuscript synopsis of the novel later published as The Rescue on a single leaf of lined paper, providing details of its proposed length ("no more than 100,000 and no less than 90,000 words") and Conrad's timetable for completion; a

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £7,000 - £9,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, LETTER ABOUT STEPHEN CRANE, 1898

Conrad, Joseph AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, PROBABLY TO C.L. HIND regretfully declining his offer to review Stephen Crane's The Open Boat ("...The excellent fellow in the goodness of his heart has been praising me beyond my merits on his own side of the water .... I've not enough standing and reputation

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, TALES OF UNREST, 1898, FIRST EDITION, 1 VOL.

Conrad, Joseph TALES OF UNREST. NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, 1898 8vo, first edition, title-page in red and black, original beige buckram titled in red on spine and with design in brown on covers and spine, embossed ownership stamp on title-page

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £400 - £600

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, TALES OF UNREST, 1898, INSCRIBED TO J.B. PINKER, 1 VOL.

Conrad, Joseph TALES OF UNREST. LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN, 1898 8vo, first English edition, first printing, first domestic issue, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his literary agent ("For J.B. Pinker | Joseph Conrad") on front free endpaper, title-page in red and black, original dark green

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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GRAHAM, MOGREB-EL-ACKSA, 1898, INSCRIBED TO ELSIE MARTINDALE BY CONRAD, 1 VOL.

Conrad, Joseph]--Cunninghame Graham, R.B. MOGREB-EL-ACKSA: A JOURNEY IN MOROCCO. LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN, 1898 8vo, presentation copy inscribed by Conrad to Elsie Hueffer ("To Mrs Elsie Ford M. Hueffer. | In the intervals of concocting, with your | husband, circumstantial untruths for sale | we

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, LORD JIM, SERIAL PUBLICATION WITHIN BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE...

Conrad, Joseph "LORD JIM: A SKETCH", ORIGINAL PARTS WITHIN BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOL. CLXVI - CLXVIII. NEW YORK: THE LEONARD SCOTT PUBLICATION CO., JUL 1899 - DEC 1900 18 numbers (14 with Conrad's contribution) in three volumes, American edition, bound with publisher's title-page and index

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, LORD JIM, 1900, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO HUGH WALPOLE, 1 VOL.

Conrad, Joseph LORD JIM. A TALE. EDINBURGH AND LONDON: WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS, 1900 8vo, first edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author on front endpaper to Hugh Walpole with a long inscription about the novel ("For Hugh Walpole. | This novel begun in 1898 | was laid aside for several

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £8,000 - £10,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD, LORD JIM, 1900, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO JOHN GALSWORTHY, 1 VOL.

Conrad, Joseph LORD JIM. A TALE. EDINBURGH AND LONDON: WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS, 1900 8vo, first edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his closest friend John Galsworthy a few days after publication ("John Galsworthy | from Joseph Conrad. | 16th Oct 1900.") on front free endpaper

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. LORD JIM, 1900, FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED...

Conrad, Joseph LORD JIM. A ROMANCE. NEW YORK: DOUBLEDAY & MCCLURE CO., 1900 8vo, first American edition, first printing, second state, presentation copy inscribed by the author to Mr and Mrs Józef Spiridion ("To | Mr and Mrs | J. Spiridion | from their friend | the Author | Nov. 1900.") on front

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013

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CONRAD. LORD JIM, NEW YORK, 1900, INSCRIBED TO DAVRAY

Conrad, Joseph LORD JIM. A ROMANCE. NEW YORK: DOUBLEDAY & MCCLURE CO., 1900 8vo, first American edition, second state with cancel title page (with verso reading "Copyright, 1899 and 1900"), presentation copy inscribed by Conrad on front endpaper to his French translator ("A | Henry D. Davray | avec

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 10 Jul 2013