Traduit de l'anglais par M. August Morel assisté par M. Stuart Gilbert. Traduction entièrement revue par M. Valery Larbaud avec la collaboration de l'Auteur.Paris: La Maison des Amis des Livres, 1929 Stock Code: 149192
A superb copy with the original prospectusFirst edition in French, number 523 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. This copy is unusually fresh and includes the original promotional prospectus with the mounted monochrome photographic portrait of Joyce.
A French translation of Ulysses was started in 1923 by Valery Larbaud at Joyce's request, but the author grew dissatisfied and halted the project, saying that Larbaud would turn Ulysses into a "mutilé de guerre" - a casualty of war (Casado). The present translation has Joyce's direct input, and he was far happier with the result. Auguste Morel performed the main task, with Stuart Gilbert and the scorned Valery Larbaud also contributing. This edition was published by Adrienne Monnier at her bookshop La Maison des Livres, across from Sylvia Bech's Shakespeare and Company on the rue de l'Odéon.
Quarto. Original cream wrappers printed in blue, untrimmed.
Very faint pinprick foxing to wrappers, corners lightly nicked, minute loss to lower tip of front wrapper, small closed tear to foot of front joint, the wrappers otherwise sound and fresh, internally crisp; a superbly well-preserved copy of a fragile publication.
Slocum & Cahoon D17. Carmelo Medina Casado, "The Earliest Translations of Joyce's Ulysses", Papers on Joyce, 16, 2010, p. 83.
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