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JOYCE, James.


Published: Paris: Shakespeare & Co., 1922

Stock code: 103479

Price: £19,500

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First edition, first printing, number 164 of 150 large paper copies numbered between 101 and 250. Ulysses was published in imitation of the traditional three-tiered French format aimed at both connoisseurs and readers: 100 copies were printed on Dutch handmade paper and signed by Joyce; 150 copies were printed on heavier vergé d’Arches to create this large paper format; and the remaining 750 copies formed a small format trade issue, printed on less expensive vergé à barbes stock. With its generous margins, the large paper issue is the most aesthetically pleasing of the three.

Quarto (258 200 mm) in eights. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in green-blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, twin rule to boards gilt, Greek key to turn-ins gilt, japan vellum doublures, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in a green-blue leather entry slipcase. A fine copy.

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