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The Inheritors. An Extravagant Story
New York: McClure, Phillips & Co, 1901. First edition, first issue with dedication reading "To Boys and Christina" instead of "To Borys and Christina". 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's beige cloth pictorially stamped in red, black and gilt with upper cover with illustration depicting a man and a woman with view of Canterbury in the background. Spine a bit toned, upper inner hinge tender. Very good plus. First edition, first issue with dedication reading "To Boys and Christina" instead of "To Borys and Christina" 1 vols. 8vo. The Rare First Issue. Conrad and Hueffer's joint sojourn into the realm of science fiction, with a remarkable plot involving time travel, the invasion of inhabitants of a future earth, parallel worlds, etc. In a letter to Garnett on 26 March 1900, Conrad described the process: "How [Hueffer] worked! There is not a chapter I haven't made him write twice - most of them three times over. This is collaboration if you like!... the expenditure of nervous fluid was immense. There were moments when I cursed the day I was born and dared not look up at the light of day I had to live through with this thing on my mind. H[ueffer] has been as patient as no angel had ever been. I've been fiendish. I've been rude to him; if I've not called him names I've implied... the most opprobrious epithets..." (The Joseph Conrad Collection from the Library of the late Stanley J. Seeger - Part I). This is one of only a few known copies of the rare first issue - Ford Madox Ford himself stated that only four copies of the novel were issued before the dedication was corrected to "Borys". Cagle subsequently located a few other copies. Keating 30; Cagle A6a(1), bdg a; Smith 6; Wise 8; Harvey "Ford Madox Ford", A9a
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