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Ulysses (LEC)

by JOYCE, James

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Limited Edition, Signed By Henri Matisse and James Joyce JOYCE, James. MATISSE, Henri, [illustrator]. Ulysses [LEC]. With an Introduction by Stuart Gilbert and Illustrations by Henri Matisse. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. Limited to 250 numbered copies (from a total edition of 1,500), signed by both James Joyce and Henri Matisse. Quarto (11 11/16 x 9 1/16 inches; 296 x 230 mm). xv, [3], 363, [7] pp. Twenty-six plates by Matisse, consisting of six etchings, printed by hand, and twenty lithographic drawings, made as studies for the etchings, printed on thin colored papers. Original full brown buckram, embossed in gilt on front cover and spine from a design by LeRoy H. Appleton. Top edge speckled brown, others uncut. A bit of browning to the inner hinges, as usual. An about fine copy. Housed in the publisher's original board slipcase printed on the spine. Some minor wear to the slipcase at corners and edges, but better than usually seen. Housed in a custom red half morocco clamshell. "One of the very few American livres de peintres issued before World War II. According to George Macy, who undertook this only American publication of Matisse's illustrations, he asked the artist how many etchings the latter could provide for five thousand dollars. The artist chose to take six subjects from Homer's Odyssey. The preparatory drawings reproduced with the soft-ground etchings (Matisse's only use of this medium) record the evolution of the figures from vigorous sketches to closely knit, if less spontaneous, compositions." (The Artist and the Book). The Artist & the Book 197. LEC bibliography 71. Slocum and Cahoon A22. HBS 67248. $20,000

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 (LEC)




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