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Lot 522/311

SOLD Hammer price: €85000, Estimate: €70000-90000

Joyce’s Supreme AchievementCornerstone of any Irish CollectionNo. 30 of 100 Signed Copies on Handmade PaperJoyce (James). Ulysses. Shakespeare and Company, Paris 1922, First Edition, No. 30 of 100 copies Signed by Joyce and printed on fine Dutch handmade paper, from the full edition of 1000. Slocum & Cohoon 17. Finely bound by Buddenbrooks of Boston in full patinated black morocco with dark green inlays and an attractive geometric design in gilt and blind to upper and lower covers, continuing through spine and on reverse, spine titled in gilt, leather hinges, dark green silk endpapers, original blue paper covers bound in. Paper covers a little worn, neatly reinforced around reverse edges, upper cover lacking a tiny portion at lower inner corner, a few outer corners creased in prelims, some lower page corners slightly bruised. A few pages carelessly opened (e.g. 121-128), very slight edge-staining not affecting text around p. 273 and in a few other places, green crayon mark bottom of p. 105 well outside text, a few other marks, very light pencil marks in text p. 692-3 and 711-20 (Molly Bloom’s soliloquy, apparently pause marks to facilitate a reading), but generally a splendid and impressive copy which has been read and minded with the greatest care.Unquestionably the most influential literary work of the 20th century, Joyce’s supreme achievement, the first, best and by far the most desirable printing, copies of which are now all but unobtainable. Of the original 100 copies, the great majority are now securely lodged in institutional and other important collections from which they are unlikely to emerge.’… and I thought as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.’Provenance: From a very distinguished Irish collection. Laid in is a contemporary newscutting announcing first publication of the work, the 100 signed copies priced at 350 francs each – the bargain of the century! With a copy of the bookdealer Glenn Horowitz’ census of the first 1000 copies, where this copy [no. 30] is listed to a Mrs. Donovan, Private Collection, then in the original wrappers.

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