Mountrath: The Dolmen Press, 1986. Imperial octavo. pp. x, 263. Bound in full natural Irish linen lettered in gold and stamped on each side in a design by the artist. Limited edition of 500 numbered copies, signed by the artist Louis Le Brocquy, on colophon. A fine copy in publisher’s hazel-brown cloth slipcase.
This was the last substantial book designed by Liam Miller, Ireland’s leading modern typographer. It was published shortly before his death. With ninety black and white lithographic brush drawings on white wove mould made rag specially made at Saint Cuthbert’s Mill, Somerset, printed at the September Press, Wellingborough England by Christopher Skelton and Alan Bultitude. Designed by Liam Miller. The text is composed in Monotype cutting of the Joanna typeface designed by Eric Gill, printed in letterpress.
About this book Joyce wrote: “My intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to me the centre of paralysis. I have tried to present it to the indifferent public under four of its aspects: childhood, adolescence, maturity and public life. The stories are arranged in this order. I have written it for the most part in a style of scrupulous meanness”.