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Victory. An Island Tale.
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd,, 1915. Octavo. Original red cloth, gilt titles to spine. With the dust jacket. A very good copy in the jacket, just a little chipped at spine ends, and with no loss to the striking front panel. First edition, first impression, first state with comma after "Essex Street" on title page imprint. A striking copy in the very scarce dust jacket, which marks a sea change in British publishers' practices in using jackets as marketing tools. Earlier Methuen jackets typically consisted of lettering and an illustrative design based on the blocking of the binding. Only two years earlier, the 1913 Methuen edition of John Oxenham's Bees in Amber bore the jingle: "This outer wrap is only meant / To keep my coat from detriment. / Please take it off, and let me show / The better one I wear below." But in 1915 Methuen issued Conrad's Victory in a jacket with a specially commissioned front panel illustration which was based neither on the underlying cover nor on an illustration in the book itself, a significant moment in the history of the dust jacket.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
Last Found On: 2018-02-24           Check availability:      Biblio    

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