A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916 Stock Code: 77507
First edition, first printing, and a very attractive copy of Joyce's first novel. 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, titles to spine gilt and to front board in blind. Housed in a dark blue flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Cloth lightly rubbed at extremities with a few tiny marks. An excellent copy.
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