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Ulysses Hardcover - 1997

by James Joyce

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Ulysses is a modernist novel by James Joyce. It was first serialized in The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920 and later published by Shakespeare and Company in 1922. Originally, Joyce conceived of Ulysses as a short story to be included in Dubliners, but decided instead to publish it as a long novel, situated as a sort of sequel to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, picking up Stephen Dedalus’s life over a year later. Ulysses takes place on a single day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin - now celebrated as Bloomsday annually.

Within the massive text of 265,000 words (not so “short” anymore, eh?), divided into 18 episodes, Joyce radically shifts narrative style with each new episode, completely abandoning the previously accepted notions of plot, setting, and characters. The presentation of a fragmented reality through interior perception in Ulysses, often through stream-of-consciousness, is one of many reasons it is considered a paramount in Modernist literature. 

Ulysses presents a series of parallels with Homer’s epic poem Odyssey (Ulysses is the Latinized name of Odysseus.) Not only can correspondences be drawn between the main characters of each text — Stephen Dedalus to Telemachus, Leopold Bloom to Odysseus, and Molly Bloom to Penelope, but each of the 18 episodes of Ulysses reflects an adventure from the Odyssey.

In 1998, the American publishing firm Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

February 2022 will mark the centennial of the publishing of Ulysses, with auctions, sales, and celebrations by Joyce fans scheduled around the globe.

From our Book Collecting Guide: Collecting Ulysses

First Edition Identification

Unable to find a publisher in the U.S. or U.K., Ulysses was first published in book form by Shakespeare and Company in Paris in 1922. This first edition appeared in blue and white printed wrappers in an edition of only 1,000 copies which are among the most highly sought after modern first editions, commanding prices in the range of $40,000 - $75,000. A signed first edition could easily fetch over $100,000.


  • Title Ulysses
  • Author James Joyce
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition L.e.(900)
  • Pages 832
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Lilliput Press, Dublin
  • Date 1997
  • ISBN 9781874675990 / 1874675996
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 99193888
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC
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Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1997. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. Copy #297. Edited with a Preface by Danis Rose. Introduction by John Banville. Cloth-covered boards with gilt-stamped lettering on spine in cloth-covered slipcase. Satin pagemarker. Issued without dustjacket. Unread copy in Fine condition in a Fine slipcase. The first edition of this title produced in Ireland.. First Thus. Hardcovers. Fine/Not Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited Edition.
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