Youth : A Narrative, and Two Other Stories - Signed - Joseph Conrad 1902 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition, First Impression, First State (with earliest ads dated 10/02) ‘The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.

A signed first edition of Conrad's acclaimed short story collection, including his masterpiece '
The Heart of Darkness', which with its generation of visual scene upon visual scene each charged with more intense emotive impact, and a final cumulative effect of human imbecility, evil and horror, is now regarded as one of the greatest short stories ever written.

‘I couldn't help asking him once what he meant by coming here at all. “To make money, of course. What do you think?” he said scornfully.


The Horror! The Horror!
  ‘This account of a superman running an ivory business in the heart of the Congo for a greedy sanctimonious Belgian company and brutalising himself and the natives in the process, is a masterpiece of sinister deterioration seen by a narrator who is himself profoundly altered by it.’ – Cyril Connolly, The Modern Movement.

The first book publication of Conrad's classic
Heart of Darkness. ‘Conrad's masterpiece. a novella that has inspired more critical commentary than any modern horror tale, with the possible exception of James's The Turn of the Screw.’

One of only 3,150 copies printed of the First Edition, First Impression, First State.

Reference: Cyril Connolly,
The Modern Movement 25. Cagle A7a. Wise A Conrad Bibliography 10.

Octavo (19.6 x 13.5 cm, page size 19 x 12.5 cm) pp. [8] 375 [1] 32 (publisher’s advertisements). Publisher’s grey green cloth, spine lettered in gilt and decorated in black, front board lettered and decorated in black. Rebacked with original spine re-laid, new rear endpapers, inner hinges repaired.
  Condition: Very good, rebacked with original toned spine re-laid, new rear endpapers, front inner hinge with reinforcement.   Ref: 109048   Price: HK$ 10,000