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JOYCE, James.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Published: New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916

Stock code: 105840

Price: £8,500

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First edition, first printing. Due at least in part to the adverse reception of the Egoist serialisation of A Portrait, 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, first published on 29 December 1916. He sent from this print run about 750 sets of sheets for issue in the UK the following February. Although the number of copies issued in America is unknown, it is unlikely to have been large since Huebsch had sold out by March and called for a second printing by April.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, blind lettered front cover. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Neat book label of “Alice B. Egan, Medford, Oregon”. Spine slightly rolled, a couple of small pale marks on front cover, a few leaves very slightly creased at head. Still a fine bright copy.

Bibliography: Slocum & Cahoon A11.

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