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Ulysses

by JOYCE, James

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The First Edition of Joyceís Great Work, 1 of 100 Copies Signed by Joyce JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition. One of 100 numbered copies on Dutch handmade paper, out of a total of 1000, this being number 41. Signed by Joyce. Quarto (9 3/4 inches x 7 3/4 inches; 237 x 195 mm). [viii], 732, [1, colophon], [3, blank] pp. Of the 1,000 copies of the first edition, 100 were on Dutch handmade paper (measuring 23.7 x 19.5 cm.) and signed by Joyce, 150 were on vergÈ díArches paper (measuring 26.2 x 20.1 cm.), and 750 were on handmade paper (measuring 23.7 x 18.5 cm.). The last two formats were not issued signed. Complete with flyleaves. Original blue printed wrappers. Uncut. Interior is extremely clean. Wrappers with some minor edge wear and rubbing. Fragile original spine with expected minimal chipping. Some loss along lower back joint and some small loss to the head and tail of spine and a few nicks along edges. Some very minor toning and foxing to first and last few leaves. Remnants of an old bookplate that was removed on front free endpaper. A very fresh copy, completely unsophisticated, superior in condition to how most copies are usually found. Housed in a custom blue cloth clamshell case with morocco label. "The novel is universally hailed as the most influential work of modern times" (Grolier Joyce 69). After working seven years on Ulysses, Joyce, desperate to find a publisher, turned to Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company in Paris. "Within a month of the publication, the first printing of Ulysses was practically sold out, and within a year Joyce had become a well-known literary figure. Ulysses was explosive in its impact on the literary world of 1922 ... Then began the great game of smuggling the edition into countries where it was forbidden, especially England and the United States. The contraband article was transported across the seas and national borders in all sorts of cunning ways" (de Grazia, 27). Slocum and Cahoon A17. HBS 68153. $250,000

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. Within the massive text of 265,000 words (not so “short” anymore, eh?), divided in 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 a paramount of Modernist literature.  Ulysses presents a series of parellels 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. Read more: Identifying first editions of Ulysses


  • Bookseller: Heritage Book Shop, LLC US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 68153
  • Title: Ulysses
  • Author: JOYCE, James
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Shakespeare and Company
  • Place: Paris
  • Date published: 1922


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