Lot 188
  • 188

Joyce, James

150,000 - 250,000 GBP
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  • Joyce, James
  • Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922
  • Paper
4to, FIRST EDITION, NO.82 OF 100 COPIES ON DUTCH HANDMADE PAPER SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, with blanks, original 'Greek flag' blue paper wrappers printed in white, protective glassine jacket, preserved in matching blue cloth chemise and quarter blue morocco folding box, edges uncut, very slight offsetting to endpapers, slight but skilful restoration to backstrip, repairs to joints,  minor wear  with some slight nicks to edges of wrappers; [together with:] the original prospectus ("Ulysses | by | James Joyce | will be published in | the Autumn of 1921..."), Paris: Shakespeare and company, Sylvia Beach, 8, Rue Dupuytren, single leaf folded to make four pages, photographic portrait of Joyce tipped in


The Chelsea Book Club, delivered  on 8 June 1922 (see Laura Barnes' cenus, in appendix to Glenn Horowitz's catalogue James Joyce Books & Manuscripts, New York, 1996); Humanities Research Center, Austin, Texas, pencil note in margin opposite colophon page ("TEM/J853u/1922/HRC/cop.5"), de-accessioned c.1995


Slocum & Cahoon A17; Connolly 42

Catalogue Note

A NEAR FINE COPY OF THE MOST DESIRABLE ISSUE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGLISH NOVEL OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. The total edition was limited to 1,000 copies of which 100 were numbered and signed on Dutch handmade paper, 150 numbered and printed on vergé d’Arches and another 750 were merely numbered. By April 1922 the 1/750 issue had sold out, with the stock of the 1/150 issue exhausted by June; this, the most expensive issue of 100 signed copies, had sold out out by August.