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The Works of Joseph Conrad. - Joseph Conrad

1923 - J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London - The Uniform Edition
Joseph Conrad is the novelist of man in extreme situations. This set of his complete works runs to 22 volumes and includes: Almayer's Folly, Typhoon, Nostromo, Lord Jim, An Outcast of the Islands, The Secret Agent, Chance, Victory, The Rescue, The Inheritors, Romance, The Shadow Line, etc. 
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Tales of Hearsay - Joseph Conrad

1925 - T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, London - First Edition
A posthumous collection of four stories - The Warrior's Soul; Prince Roman; The Tale; and The Black Mate. 
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The Secret Agent. A Simple Tale - Joseph Conrad

1907 - Methuen & Co., London - First Edition
‘I confess that it makes a grisly skeleton. But I will submit that telling Winnie Verloc’s story to its anarchistic end of utter desolation, madness an despair, and telling it as I have told it here, I have not intended to commit a gratuitous outrage on the feelings of mankind’ – Conrad, of The Secret Agent in a later edition.

One of the first examples of a double agent ever produced on paper, and the first book to examine terrorism as a plot device, Conrad’s novel follows Adolf Verloc: a spy with an allegiance to an unnamed country, and his brother-in-law Stevie as they track down a conglomerate of anarchists, terrorists, and spies, risking the loss of everything they hold dear. Based on the true events of the Greenwich Bombing of 1894, Conrad’s Stevie follows a similar trajectory to that of French anarchist, Martial Bourdin.

I am afraid that if you want to go down into history you'll have to do something for it.’ 
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1903 - Smith Elder, London - First Edition
The second of Conrad and Ford Madox Ford’s three collaborations, on which Conrad writes - There's easy style, plenty of action, a romantic atmosphere, and a happy ending after no end of real hair's breadth escapes.

Set mainly in Jamaica and Cuba during the 1920’s, with smuggling, piracy, sea chases, and the romance between the Spanish Seraphina and Englishman Kemp. 
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SOLD - Departmental Ditties - Rudyard Kipling

1890 - United States Book Company, New York - First Edition of Barrack-Room Ballads, First American Edition of Departmental Ditties. First Issue.
A fine example of this large collection of Kipling’s classic verse, 66 in total, a compilation that includes the first printings of thirteen ballads and four ‘Other Verses’ printed two years later under the separate title of ‘Ballads and Barrack-Room Ballads’.

Most proving that we never learn, and many reliving the experiences of soldiers and civil servants sent around the world to defend the Empire, all for little pay and less appreciation.

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains, An’ got to your Gawd like a soldier........’ – The Young British Soldier. 
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Stalky and Co. - Rudyard Kipling

1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First English Edition
“Stalky,’ in their school vocabulary, meant clever, well considered and wily, as applied to plans of action: and ‘stalkiness’ was the one virtue Corkran toiled after.’

Schoolboy japes and mischief abound in this volume about a trio in an English boarding school, based on Kipling’s own experiences as a young man. An amusing and entertaining novel from one of Britain’s most famous authors.
 
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The Seven Seas - Rudyard Kipling

1905 - D. Appleton and Company, New York - Early Edition
‘There’s a Legion that never was ‘listed, that carries no colours or crest. But, split in a thousand detachments, is breaking the road for the rest. Our fathers they left us their blessing - they’ve taught us, and groomed us, and crammed; but we’ve shaken the clubs and the messes to go and find out and be damned.’

A beautifully bound collection of 44 poems, the pages decorated in an art-nouveau style, and with eight full page illustrations of marine life and history. A mixture of beloved and controversial poems,
The Seven Seas involves themes such as colonialism, war, and childhood, and provide a fascinating glimpse into the final years of the British empire through the eyes of one of its staunchest advocators. Written shortly after ‘The Jungle Book’, the title is dedicated to the city of Bombay. 
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The City Of Dreadful Night - Rudyard Kipling

1899 - Alex. Grosset, New York - The First American Edition
The text’s initial appearance in the United States was through its inclusion in ‘Out of India’ , published in 1895, but this unauthorised printing constitutes the first separate American edition. all eight sketches from the authorised 1891 London edition ‘The City of Dreadful Night and Other Places’.

All that aside, this is a superb example of the most magnificently presented edition, including a full page frontispiece of the author from Strang, and two full page black and white illustrations by Charles Farrand.

In 1898 Kipling first travelled to Calcutta and this is the account of the visit, and if you have travelled to what is now ‘Kolkata’ over the past 30 or so years and been taken aback but its sheer personality, then I believe the Calcutta of the late 1800’s was an even more powerful visual and tactile experience, as Kipling here wonderfully describes.
 
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