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JOYCE, James.

Ulysses.

Published: London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1936

Stock code: 67304

Price: £25,000

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First UK edition, first impression. Number 88 of 100 copies on handmade paper, bound in vellum and signed by the author, from the entire edition of 1,000 copies. This deluxe issue of the Bodley Head Ulysses is one of the triumphs of 20th century book production. It established the text for the succeeding 25 years and printed as appendices the International Letter of Protest against Samuel Roth’s piracy and the famous legal judgement by John M. Woolsey lifting the ban in America on the publishing of the book. This copy was given as a wedding gift by Ivor Churchill to Gaston Levi. Laid in is a two-page letter from Ivor Churchill, dated 22 February (evidently his reply to Levi’s thank-you letter), on Turf Club stationery, saying that he hopes to see Levi on one of his infrequent visits to London (“I prefer the simple pleasures of the country and the activities associated with agricultural pursuits”), reminiscing about the times they “struggled with the problems of welfare at Westminster”, and ending “I am glad that you still have interests in this country”.

Quarto. Original white vellum, titles to spine and the Gill-designed Homeric bow device to boards, top edge gilt, others uncut. With the publisher’s slipcase. Housed in a cloth black flat-back solander box. Gift inscription from Ivor Churchill to Gaston Levi on front free endpaper, dated 1 January 1943. Spine very slightly faded but a particularly nice copy in the somewhat rubbed and marked slip case.

Bibliography: Slocum and Cahoon A23.

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