First issue of one of Conrad's best novels, a thriller depicting terrorism in Edwardian London.
Very good plus.
THE SECRET AGENT
"Madness alone is truly terrifying, inasmuch as you can't placate it with threats, persuasion, or bribes."
Conrad's novel was partially inspired on true events, such as the botched bombing of a French anarchist in 1894, during "the first great terrorist wave of modern times" (Reiss). The book has recently seen a resurgence in interest and is now ranked among Conrad's most acclaimed: it is arguably "the most brilliant novelistic study of terrorism" (Reiss).
Read more: Reiss, "The True Classic of Terrorism," NEW YORK TIMES, 11 September 2005.
London: Methuen & Co, (1907). Full title: The secret agent. A simple tale. 7.5'' x 4.5''. Original full red cloth, spine stamped with coral and seashell design and lettered in gilt. Bottom edge uncut. 40 pages of ads dated September 1907 at rear. , 442, , 40 pages. Bookplate on front pastedown. Front hinge just cracking, light edgewear around spine, corners bumped, spine slightly dulled.
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