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JOYCE, James.


Published: London: Grant Richards, 1914

Stock code: 88500

Price: £185,000

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First edition, first impression; one of 746 sets of sheets bound by Richards and issued in London on 15 June 1914, with the balance of the 1,250 printed shipped to Huebsch in New York, where it was published sometime between 15 December 1916 and 1 January 1917. This is a review copy, with the review slip loosely inserted requesting that no reviews appear before its London publication date. Although never published, the collection had been printed before, by George Roberts at Maunsel, the Dublin publishers who by July 1910 had destroyed an entire edition of 1,000 because of “objectionable passages”, inciting Joyce’s pasquinade “Gas from a Burner”. The collection contains Joyce’s masterpiece in the short form, “The Dead”. Copies in surviving dust jackets are notably rare.

Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a cloth slipcase. The H. Bradley Martin copy (item #2964), with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Spine and edges slightly darkened; lower fore-edge and heel of spine very lightly frayed; some professional internal restoration.

Bibliography: Slocum and Cahoon A8.

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