Catalogue of letters from Joseph Conrad, with papers relating to him, 1894-1990, n.d.

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Papers of Joseph Conrad, with papers relating to him, 1894-1990, n.d.

Papers of, and relating to, Joseph Conrad, 1894-1990, n.d.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 4802-4804
Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), formerly Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, was a novelist. See the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for details.


Given by Lady Dalrymple-Champneys, through the Friends of the Bodleian, 1994.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 4802, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Conrad | Joseph | 1857-1924 | novelist

Subjects (LCSH)

Authors, English

Descriptive List

Letters to Hodgson & Co., 1919-1935, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4802
Extent: iii + 87 leaves
Binding: bound by Morrell of Oxford in gilt-ruled half red morocco

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 2-23) ten from Joseph Conrad, 1919-24
  • (fols. 24-37) six from Jessie Conrad, 1926-35
  • (fols. 38-50, 59-60) seven from Richard Curle, 1922-1926, with (fols. 51-58) a manuscript draft of Curle's preface to Hodgson's Conrad sale catalogue, 13 Mar. 1925
  • (fols. 68-73) newspaper cuttings of obituaries and appreciations of Conrad, 1924

Copies of letters from Conrad, with miscellaneous papers relating to him, 1894-1990
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4803
117 leaves
Scope and Content:


  • (fol. 2) a facsimile [made in 1928?] of pages from the manuscript of 'The Tale' and the amended typescript of 'A Warrior's Soul'
  • (fols. 3-75) typescript copies of fifty-four letters from Conrad to T. Fisher Unwin, 1894-1904, n.d., made by J.E. Hodgson in 1928 from original letters in the Conrad sale at Hodgson's, 11 May 1928
  • (fols. 77-90) photocopies of twelve unpublished letters, 1895-1904, made from the above typescripts by Norma Dalrymple-Champneys for an unwritten article, 1990 (copies of the twelve letters were subsequently given to the editors of The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad)
  • (fols. 97-117) items removed from MS. Eng. c. 4804, including
    • (fols. 99-100) two undated photographs of drawings given by Jessie Conrad to J.E. Hodgson, 1928, n.d., (fol. 99) a sketch by Conrad, 'Old Peyrol' [the original is in the Beinecke Library, Yale], (fol. 100) a drawing of Conrad by Sargent, 1911, later said to be a forgery
    • (fols. 102-106) newspaper cuttings relating to sales of Conrad's manuscripts, letters and books, 1925, 1928
    • (fols. 107-108) an article by J.G. Sutherland, 'At War in a Q Brigantine. When Mr. Conrad Went U-Boat Chasing', The Navy, Oct. 1920
    • (fols. 109-112) a review by Richard Curle, 'Tales of Hearsay. (Conrad's Posthumous Volume)', The Blue Peter [Feb. 1925]
    • (fols. 113-116) an article by Edmund Blunden, 'A Conrad Repository', London Mercury, Dec. 1927
    • (fol. 117) a photocopy of an article by M.L. Turner concerning Conrad, Wise and Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 578 [The Book Collector, XV (66) 350-351]

Slip-case, lettered 'Pamphlets by or relating to Joseph Conrad', formerly containing MS. Eng. c. 4803, fols. 97-107
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4804
Binding: Made by Morrell of Oxford, gilt-ruled red cloth, red morocco spine

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