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JOYCE, James.

Rare books by James Joyce including first edition, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.

James Joyce (1882–1941) was a leading figure in literary modernism and the author of the revolutionary novels Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. Though Joyce also published a number of pamphlets and small poetry collections during his lifetime, he is known best for the four fictional masterpieces discussed below:

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  1. Chamber Music.
    First edition, first impression, second variant binding, with thick wove endpapers and the poems in signature C poorly centred on the page. It is now thought that very few copies of the first edition were actually gathered and bound in 1907 - perhaps only fifty or a hundred. When Joyce was famous in the 1920s, Elkin Mathews... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 96932

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  2. 102834
    First edition, first impression, first issue. One of 746 sets of sheets bound by Richards and issued in London on 15 June 1914, with the remaining 504 sets of the 1,250 printed shipped to Huebsch in New York, where it was published later, sometime between 15 December 1916 and 1 January 1917. Learn More
    £20,000

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  3. Dubliners.
    First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 746 sets of sheets bound by Grant Richards and issued in London on 15 June 1914. The remaining 504 sets of the 1,250 printed were shipped to Huebsch in New York, where they were not issued until much later, sometime between 15 December 1916 and 1 January 1917. Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 105879

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  4. 79658
    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... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 79658

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    First edition, English issue from American sheets. A rare presentation copy with the exceptionally early authorial inscription to the front free endpaper, "To Edmund Brauchbar James Joyce Zurich, Switzerland, 12/iii/1917". A superb association: Edmund Brauchbar formed a long-lasting friendship with Joyce and has been proposed... Learn More
    £97,500

    Stock Code: 124332

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  6. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
    First edition, first printing. Due at least in part to the hostile reaction to its serialization in The Egoist, 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, on 29 December 1916. He reserved from his print run... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 105840

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  7. Exiles.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on half-title, "To Jacques Benoist-Méchin James Joyce 3. xi. 1921 Paris". Benoist-Méchin was the writer and academic who is credited as the first translator of any part of Ulysses. He was a patron of the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and during... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 35591

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  8. 130005
    First US edition, first printing. This unauthorized edition of Joyce's first regularly published book was issued in a print run estimated at 1,000 copies. The first authorized American edition, published in New York by B. W. Huebsch, appeared three months later. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 130005

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  9. Exiles. A Play in Three Acts.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 63344

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  10. Exiles.
    Second English and first Egoist Press edition of Joyce's only play. With the author's signed presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, "James Joyce Paris 2 January 1927". This copy is of the first issue, one of 500 copies in green cloth, the remainder sheets of the entire edition of 1,000 copies being sold to... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 63950

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  11. Exiles.
    First Egoist Press edition - the second English edition overall - of Joyce's only play, rare in the dust jacket. This copy is of the first issue, one of 500 copies in green cloth, the remainder sheets of the entire edition of 1,000 copies being sold to Cape in 1924 and bound up after that date in black cloth. Though first... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 112483

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    First edition, first printing, large paper issue, one of 150 copies on verge d'Arches, this copy number 136, one of three copies of this issue recorded in Sylvia Beach's notebook as sent to James Whitall on 28 March 1922; this copy additionally signed and dated by Joyce on the half-title, "James Joyce, Paris, 27.vi.1929".... Learn More
    £87,500

    Stock Code: 108979

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  13. 103479comp
    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... Learn More
    £19,500

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  14. Dedalus.
    First French edition of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. With the translator's signed presentation inscription to the first blank leaf. The name of the recipient has been excised and the inscription partially obscured by a one-page autograph letter from Joyce written in French on the back of one of the advertisement... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 46464

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  15. 87817
    From the library of the American writer and critic Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), with his ownership inscription to the divisional title of Part I: "Edward Dahlberg, September 9 1926, Paris, France". Dahlberg's first novel, Bottom Dogs, was published in 1929 with an introduction by D. H. Lawrence and "was considered a good... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 87817

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  16. Ulysses [published in Two Worlds Monthly, ed. Samuel Roth].
    Unauthorized printing of 13 bowdlerized episodes from Ulysses by the New York publisher Samuel Roth (1893-1974). The set was originally released as 11 individual instalments containing 13 episodes. It was later published as two bound volumes containing 14 episodes including the final instalment (Vol. III, no. 4) that was... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 67683

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  17. Pomes Penyeach.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the title page in black ink "To Desmond Harmsworth J.J. Paris 7 iv 1931". An outstanding association copy inscribed to the London publisher Desmond Harmsworth who together with the Obelisk Press issued the rare 1932 first English edition (printed in France) of Pomes Penyeach. Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 44379

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  18. 103396
    The English text of Joyce's broadside protest against Samuel Roth's piracy of Ulysses in New York journal Two Worlds Monthly. Uncommon: five copies traced at auction. Joyce sought an injunction against the unauthorized serialization and had this protest drawn up to supplement the legal proceedings. More than 167 literary... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 103396

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  19. Roth Ulysses
    First edition in book form of Samuel Roth's infamous piracy of Ulysses, number 94 of 500 copies produced specially for subscribers and bound from the parts with stab-holes visible. This copy has the Preface signed by Roth. Roth had originally reprinted thirteen bowdlerised episodes from Ulysses across eleven individual instalments... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 104761

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    Finnegans Wake."> First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 325 of 800 copies signed by the author. Anna Livia Plurabelle is an early published chapter from Joyce's famous "work in progress" that would eventually become Finnegans Wake. Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 131151

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  21. 129970
    First edition in French, number 231 of 875 copies on Alfa Vergé paper, out of a total edition of 1,200. This was the second translation of Ulysses following the German edition of 1927. A French translation of Ulysses was started in 1923 by Valery Larbaud at Joyce's request, but the author grew dissatisfied and halted the... Learn More
    £1,750

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  22. 103282comp
    First edition, limited issue. Number 573 of 500 copies printed on handmade linen. The whole edition comprised 685 copies: 100 copies were printed on imperial handmade iridescent Japan paper and signed by Joyce; 75 copies likewise printed on linen, numbered XI to LXXXV, and 10 copies on imperial handmade iridescent Japan... Learn More
    £750

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  23. 46896comp
    First edition, number 5 of 100 copies printed on imperial handmade iridescent Japan paper signed by Joyce under the limitation notice (in pencil, as the paper would not take ink), the whole edition being 685 copies. This is the most luxurious issue, originally priced 40: the edition was completed by 500 copies on handmade... Learn More
    £11,000

    Stock Code: 46896

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  24. 93907
    First Odyssey edition single volume issue, the first printing of Ulysses issued in cloth. Stuart Gilbert edited the text of this edition with help from Joyce, and it remains one of the key lifetime printings. This is an interesting scholarly association copy with the ownership inscription of "Miles L. Hanley, The University... Learn More
    £875

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  25. Ulysses.
    First Odyssey edition single volume issue, the first printing of Ulysses issued in cloth. Stuart Gilbert edited the text of this edition with help from Joyce, and it remains one of the key lifetime printings. A really beautiful copy, scarce in this condition with the cellophane jacket and wraparound band. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 88424

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  26. Two Tales of Shem and Shaun.
    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 96922

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  27. Ulysses.
    First UK edition. The entire edition was limited to 1,000 copies only, of which this is one of 900 numbered copies. This was the first issue to be entirely produced in Britain, with an appendix with documents relating to the legal history of Ulysses and with a bibliography. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 47333

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  28. 121336
    First UK edition, number 883 of 900 copies on japon, unsigned. The Bodley Head Ulysses established the text for the succeeding 25 years and printed as appendices the International Letter of Protest against Samuel Roth's piracy and the famous legal judgement by John M. Woolsey lifting the ban on the publishing of the book... Learn More
    £2,750

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  29. 99728
    First UK edition, first impression. From a total printing of 1,000 numbered copies, this is one of 900 on japon vellum, unsigned. The Bodley Head Ulysses established the text for the succeeding 25 years and printed as appendices the International Letter of Protest against Samuel Roth's piracy and the famous legal judgement... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 99728

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  30. 123844
    First UK edition, first impression, number 628 of 900 copies on japon vellum and bound in buckram, from an entire edition limited to 1,000 copies. The Bodley Head Ulysses established the text for the succeeding 25 years and printed as appendices the International Letter of Protest against Samuel Roth's piracy and the famous... Learn More
    £1,500

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  31. Ulysses.
    First UK edition, first impression, with the scarce dust jacket. The entire edition was limited to 1000 copies, of which this is number 795 of 900 copies on japon vellum and bound in buckram. The Bodley Head Ulysses established the text for the succeeding 25 years and printed as appendices the International Letter of Protest... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 91608

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  32. 121334
    First edition, first impression. 3,400 copies of this edition were printed of which 950 were destroyed. Joyce's final work. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 121334

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  33. 68848
    First edition, first impression. 3,400 copies of this edition were printed of which 950 were destroyed. Joyce's last and most revolutionary novel was begun in 1922, with individual sections published as work in progress during the seventeen years of its composition. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 68848

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  34. Stephen Hero.
    Third US edition, first printing. Small ownership signature to half-title of Vincent Starrett (1886-1974), Chicago reporter, collector, bibliographer and author. Stephen Hero is the abandoned first draft of what was later to become Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, saved from the fire (into which Joyce had thrown... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 91535

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  35. 50742
    £80

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  36. Concerning Ulysses and the Bodley Head.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 5 of 165 copies signed by Mozley. Printed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first publication of Ulysses by the Bodley Head, each lithograph is accompanied by a quotation from Ulysses. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 103619

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  37. 129980
    First edition thus, first impression, of Joyce's version of the story of the cat of Beaugency, illustrated here by Gerald Rose. Joyce originally included it in a letter to his young grandson Stephen on 10 August 1936, and it was first published in 1957 in a volume of Letters of James Joyce. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 129980

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    Dubliners.

    [New York]: 1986

    Signed limited edition, one of 1,000 copies signed by Flanagan and Ballagh. Thomas Flanagan (1923-2002) was an American professor of English at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and a successful novelist. The Irish artist Robert Ballagh (b. 1943) has designed sets for Beckett's Endgame (1991) and Wilde's Salomé... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 128545

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  39. 129889
    Autograph letter signed to James Joyce, in which Larbaud thanks Joyce for a previous letter and declines an invitation to a party hosted by the Symbolist critic Arthur Symons. Notably Larbaud informs Joyce that he is going to Valais in Switzerland for five weeks to continue his work supervising Auguste Morel's French translation... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129889

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