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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. by  James JOYCE - First Edition - 1916 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 143088)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

by JOYCE, James

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New York: B. W. Huebsch,, 1916. With the very rare dust jacket Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover lettered in blind. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom blue quarter morocco slipcase and chemise. Neat contemporary ownership signature to front pastedown, bookseller's ticket (Gotham Book Mart) to rear pastedown. Light rubbing at extremities otherwise a fine copy, bright and tight, in very good, restored jacket, loss to lettering on spine panel though all lettering unaffected on front and rear panels: a creditable example of a particularly rare jacket. First edition in book form, first printing, of Joyce's first novel and the essential prequel to Ulysses, scarce in any state but especially rare retaining the dust jacket. Due at least in part to the hostile reaction to its serialization in The Egoist, 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, on 29 December 1916. He reserved from his print run about 750 sets of sheets for issue in the UK the following February. Although the number of copies originally issued in America is unknown, it is unlikely to have been large since Huebsch had sold out by March 1917 and called for a second printing by April. Slocum & Cahoon A11.


Joyce's A Portait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical work. It tells of the intellectual, religious, and philosophical awakening of the main character, Stephen Dedalus as he rebels against the conventions in which he has been raised and leaves home to pursue his artistic ambition.

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About Peter Harrington

Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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