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O'Brien, Flann
AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS. LONDON: LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO., 1939
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 GBP
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99
O'Brien, Flann
AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS. LONDON: LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO., 1939
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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O'Brien, Flann
AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS. LONDON: LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO., 1939
8vo (196 x 135mm.), FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, ONE OF SIX AUTHOR'S COPIES, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO NAILL SHERIDAN ("To Mr Sheridan [spelt Sheraton above] I unload | This celestial commode - | Of that particular accessory | It may be said that it is necessary") on the front free endpaper, original black cloth, dust-jacket, collector's green chemise and morocco backed slipcase, boards slightly soiled, worn at foot of spine, very occasional spotting, dust-jacket price clipped and worn at extremities, with some tears, loss to at head of spine, and adhesive tape repairs on verso; [with]: Myles. Portraits of Brian O'Nolan. Edited by Timothy O'Keefe. London: Martin Brian and O'Keefe, 1973, 8vo (216 x 134mm.), original cloth, dust-jacket (2)
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Catalogue Note

Published under a pen name, Brian O'Nolan's At Swim-Two-Birds was accepted by Longmans on the recommendation of Graham Greene who also provided an effusive blurb for the dust-jacket, reading: "I read it with continual excitement, amusement and the kind of glee one experiences when people smash china on the stage... It is in the line of Tristram Shandy and Ulysses..."

The circumstances under which this copy was given were recorded by Sheridan, O'Nolan's great friend, in his contribution to Myles. Portraits of Brian O'Nolan (included in this lot). Sheridan had helped edit O'Nolan's draft, cutting it by about a fifth. Before publication he was given this, his own inscribed copy, and later entrusted with taking a copy to James Joyce in Paris: "He was alone in the flat when I called, and he said Sam Beckett has already praised At Swim-Two-Birds very highly to him and that he looked forward to reading it... [It] was, I am certain, the last novel he ever read" (pp.48-49).

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