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Lot 546/307

SOLD Hammer price: €17000, Estimate: €10000-15000

Through Joyce’s Eyes[Joyce (James)] An original pair of pince-nez Glasses, gilt fittings and chain, in a velvet lined morocco case from a Dublin optician, stamped on underside ‘Yeates & Co. Opticians / Dublin.’ By tradition Joyce’s own glasses, used when writing Ulysses; familiar from many photographs, including his passport, in good condition. A wonderful memento.From the Collection of Thomas Pugh. Joyce had trouble with his eyes from early adulthood; Pugh also had problems with his eyesight, and became blind in later years. Perhaps this was a spare pair, or one Joyce no longer used; presumably it was given to Pugh on one of his visits to Joyce in Paris.A wonderful association item, given to a close friend and fellow sufferer, with an impeccable provenance. (1)Provenance: From the collection of Joyce’s friend Thomas Pugh. (1)

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