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JOYCE, James.

Rare books by James Joyce including first edition, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.

James Joyce (1882–1941) was a leading figure in literary modernism and the author of the revolutionary novels Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. Though Joyce also published a number of pamphlets and small poetry collections during his lifetime, he is known best for the four fictional masterpieces discussed below:

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  1. Chamber Music.
    First edition, first impression, second variant binding, with thick wove endpapers and the poems in signature C poorly centred on the page. It is now thought that very few copies of the first edition were actually gathered and bound in 1907 - perhaps only fifty or a hundred. When Joyce was famous in the 1920s, Elkin Mathews... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 96932

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  2. Dubliners.
    First edition, first impression, first issue. One of 746 sets of sheets bound by Richards and issued in London on 15 June 1914, with the balance of the 1,250 printed shipped to Huebsch in New York, where it was published later, sometime between 15 December 1916 and 1 January 1917. Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 102834

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  3. Dubliners.
    First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 746 sets of sheets bound by Grant Richards and issued in London on 15 June 1914. The remaining 504 sets of the 1,250 printed were shipped to Huebsch in New York, where they were not issued until much later, sometime between 15 December 1916 and 1 January 1917. Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 105879

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  4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
    First edition, first printing. Due at least in part to the adverse reception of the Egoist serialisation of A Portrait, no English printer would print the book for fear of prosecution under the obscenity laws. It was Huebsch who undertook the true first publication in book form, first published on 29 December 1916. He sent... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 105840

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  5. A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man.
    First edition, first printing. Due at least in part to the adverse reception of the Egoist serialisation of A Portrait, no English printer would print the book for fear of prosecution under the obscenity laws. So it was Huebsch that undertook the true first publication. He would send from this print run about 750 sets of... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 79658

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  6. Exiles. A Play In Three Acts.
    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the half title page, "To Jacques Benoist-Mechin James Joyce 3. xi. 921 Paris". The recipient was the writer and academic who is credited as the first translator of any part of Ulysses. Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 35591

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  7. Chamber Music.
    First authorised American edition, first printing, published in September 1918, whereas the pirated first American edition was published by Alfred Bartlett of the Cornhill Company, Boston, in June. A very unusual copy in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 76255

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  8. Exiles. A Play in Three Acts.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 63344

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  9. Exiles.
    Second English and first Egoist Press edition of Joyce's only play. With the author's signed presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, James Joyce Paris 2 January 1927. This copy is of the first issue, one of 500 copies in green cloth, the remainder sheets of the entire edition of 1,000 copies being sold to Cape... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 63950

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  10. Exiles.

    Exiles.

    London : 1921

    First Egoist Press edition - the second English edition overall - of Joyce's only play, rare in the dust jacket. This copy is of the first issue, one of 500 copies in green cloth, the remainder sheets of the entire edition of 1,000 copies being sold to Cape in 1924 and bound up after that date in black cloth. Though first... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 112483

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  11. Ulysses.
    First edition, first printing, number 164 of 150 large paper copies numbered between 101 and 250. Ulysses was published in imitation of the traditional three-tiered French format aimed at both connoisseurs and readers: 100 copies were printed on Dutch handmade paper and signed by Joyce; 150 copies were printed on heavier... Learn More
    £19,500

    Stock Code: 103479

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  12. Dedalus.
    First French edition of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. With the translator's signed presentation inscription to the first blank leaf. The name of the recipient has been excised and the inscription partially obscured by a one-page autograph letter from Joyce written in French on the back of one of the advertisement... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 46464

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  13. Ulysses.
    Eight Shakespeare and Company printing, entirely reset. A handsomely bound copy from the library of American novelist Edward Dahlberg (19001977), with his ownership inscription to the chapter title of part I, "Edward Dahlberg, September 1926, Paris, France". Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 87817

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  14. Ulysses [published in Two Worlds Monthly, ed. Samuel Roth].
    Unauthorized printing of 13 bowdlerized episodes from Ulysses by the New York publisher Samuel Roth (18931974). The set was originally released as 11 individual instalments containing 13 episodes. It was later published as two bound volumes containing 14 episodes including the final instalment (Vol. III, no. 4) that was... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 67683

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  15. International Protest.
    English text of the protest against Samuel Roth's piracy of Ulysses in Two Worlds Monthly. Joyce, frustrated by the slow-moving legal proceedings against Roth, had this protest drawn up, which he revised. More than 167 literary and cultural figures added their names to the protest, including Wyndham Lewis, E. M, Forster,... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 103396

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  16. Ulysses [published in Two Worlds Monthly, ed. Samuel Roth].
    First edition in book form of Samuel Roth's infamous piracy of Ulysses, number 94 of 500 copies produced specially for subscribers and bound from the parts with stab-holes visible. Roth had originally reprinted thirteen bowdlerised episodes from Ulysses across eleven individual instalments in his Two Worlds Monthly serial,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 104761

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  17. International Protest.
    The French text of Joyce's broadside protest against Samuel Roth's piracy of Ulysses in New York journal Two Worlds Monthly. Rare, with just one copy traced at auction. It was translated by Sylvia Beach, and issued in the same format as the English text; there appear to be no record of how many were printed, and no known... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 102364

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  18. Pomes Penyeach.
    First edition, first impression, with errata slip. The delicate backstrip is intact and entirely unchipped. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 97139

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  19. Pomes Penyeach.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the title page in black ink To D[esmond] H[armsworth] J. J. Paris 7 iv 1931. An outstanding association copy inscribed to the London publisher Desmond Harmsworth who together with The Obelisk Press issued the rare 1932 first English edition (printed in France) of Pomes Penyeach.... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 44379

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