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JOYCE, James.

A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man.

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

Stock code: 79658

Price: £3,000

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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. So it was Huebsch that undertook the true first publication. He would send from this print run about 750 sets of sheets for issue in the UK in February 1917. Whilst the number of copies issued in America is undetermined the number could not have been large since he had sold out by March and called for a second printing by April. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was Joyce’s first novel and introduces to the world one of the two key characters in Ulysses. Stephen Dedalus was created by the author as a kind of doppelganger – the author as he would have been had he not left Ireland in 1904. Its opening sentence by itself redefining what a novel could be.

Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, plain burgundy coated endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy.

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