Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1900. First Edition. Dark green stamped cloth with gilt to spine. A Near Fine copy overall. Front hinge expertly repaired, minor toning to the spine and light foxing, as is common. With all the first issue points, including the misprints "anyrate" p. 77, l. 5, "cure" (instead of "cured") p. 226, 7 lines from the bottom, the omission of "keep" after "can" p. 226, 7 lines from the bottom, and "his" p. 319, last line, being printed below the line. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell case.
An adventure story touching on two of the most critical human experiences: failure and redemption. Early in his maritime career, a British seaman Jim joins fellow crewmembers in abandoning their ship and its passengers in a moment of danger. When the passengers are rescued by the French navy, Jim is the only member who stands trial, testifies, and as a result loses his certificate to sail. Jim's sense of shame and failure follow him throughout the novel, despite his friend Captain Marlow's encouragement to move forward and seek new successes. Since its publication, Lord Jim has been praised as one of Conrad's greatest works, along with Heart of Darkness, for its complex structure and compelling examination of the human psyche.
Modern Library 100 Best English Language Novels of the 20th Century. Le Monde's 100 Books in English. Near Fine (Item #2386)