The Rover. Joseph Conrad. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1923. First edition, first printing. Original dust jacket.
The story takes place in the south of France, against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Napoleon’s rise to power, and the French-English rivalry in the Mediterranean. Peyrol (a master-gunner in the French republican navy, pirate, and for nearly fifty years “rover of the outer seas”) attempts to find refuge.