THE SHADOW LINE
Dark blue cloth. Faint yellowing to front free endpaper, minute rubbing to spine ends, else a fine copy, gilt quite bright. Dust jacket has two short tears to top edge of front panel; foot of spine has small splits to folds and a tiny corner chip; VG+ otherwise. Cagle A21b.1. The US edition was not made from UK plates and dloes not contain the extensive changes Conrad made for the UK edition. The text, set from Den't first proofs, is an intermediate state between periodical publication and the published book version. "It also shows, in the readings which have no authority in the manuscript, the corrected proofs, or in the other printed versions, the freedom with which Doubleday's editors emended the text and, occasionally, corrected Conrad's grammar." - Cagle. "The 'shadow line' is that dim boundary that divides youth from maturity. How a young first mate, who unexpectedly finds himself in command of a sailing vessel, leaves his carefree youth behind forever in the agonizing responsibility of a twenty-one day oyage from Bankok to Singapore. His ship is becalmed, the whole crew stricken with fever and no quninine in the medicine chest ! " - jacket.