CONRAD (JOSEPH) The dedication copy of Typhoon and Other Stories, bearing his autograph inscription: "To R.B. Cunninghame Graham, 1903
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CONRAD (JOSEPH)
The dedication copy of Typhoon and Other Stories, bearing his autograph inscription: "To R.B. Cunninghame Graham, 1903
Sold for £23,750 (US$ 38,463) inc. premium

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CONRAD (JOSEPH) The dedication copy of Typhoon and Other Stories, bearing his autograph inscription: "To R.B. Cunninghame Graham, 1903 CONRAD (JOSEPH) The dedication copy of Typhoon and Other Stories, bearing his autograph inscription: "To R.B. Cunninghame Graham, 1903
Sold on behalf of the heirs of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham
CONRAD (JOSEPH)
The dedication copy of the English edition of Typhoon and Other Stories, bearing his autograph inscription: "To/ R.B. Cunninghame Graham/ this copy of the book that was his in the writing/ from/ Joseph Conrad/ 22 April/ 1903"; the printed dedication following the title-page reading: 'To R.B. Cunninghame Graham', 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end, some spotting (mostly to edges), publisher's slate grey smooth cloth, upper cover with gilt lifebelt title design (Cagle's A binding, with only the top edge trimmed and with 110mm. between 'Conrad' and 'Heinemann' on the spine)), extremities rubbed and slightly bumped, 8vo William Heinemann, 1903

Footnotes

  • 'TO R.B. CUNNINGHAME GRAHAM THIS COPY OF THE BOOK THAT WAS HIS IN THE MAKING' – THE DEDICATION COPY OF CONRAD'S TYPHOON. Originally, Conrad had wished to give Cunninghame Graham the dedication of the projected volume that would include Youth, Heart of Darkness and the short-story version 'Lord Jim: A Sketch' (see note to previous lot). To this end, he had written to Blackwood his publisher: 'Re volume of short stories. I wished for some time to ask you whether you would object to my dedicating the Vol: to R.B. Cunninghame Graham. Strictly speaking it.....is a matter between the dedicator and the other person, but in this case – considering the imprint of the House and your own convictions I would prefer to defer to your wishes. I do not dedicate to C. Graham the socialist or to C. Graham the aristocrat (he is both – you know) but to one of the few men I know – in the full sense of the word – and knowing cannot but appreciate and respect – abstractedly as human being. I do not share his political convictions or even his ideas of art, but we have enough ideas in common to base a strong friendship upon. Should you dislike the notion I'll inscribe Rescue to him instead of the Tale' (12 February 1899). Blackwood sought advice from David Meldrum, who approved the idea, though defeated by the spelling: 'I think it could do nothing but good to the book to have it dedicated to so brilliant a writer as Cunningham Grahame' (15 February). However when Youth: A Narrative, and Two Other Stories appeared in November 1902 it was to be dedicated to his wife. There are two possible reasons for Cunninghame Graham receiving the dedication of Typhoon instead: it was published by Heinemann (secured for him by his newly-acquired agent Pinker), to whom Conrad was less beholden than he was to the conservative Blackwood, and indeed may partly have been prompted by Graham (Joseph Conrad's Letters to Cunninghame Graham, edited by C.T. Watts, 1969, see Letter 6, note 53-5).

    It appears that there was some delay in this, the dedication copy, getting to Cunninghame Graham; Conrad writing to him on 9 May: 'Shall I send your copy of Typhoon to the club at once or may I keep it here till you find time to run down to my wretched ranche in the wilderness'.
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