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James JoyceArguably the greatest of modernist writers, James Joyce was a comic genius, a formal innovator, and an unsentimental poet of Irish life and language. He pioneered the use of inner-monologue and stream-of-consciousness techniques, and made brilliant use of such devices as parody and pastiche. ‘Ulysses’, Joyce’s mock-heroic epic novel, celebrates the events of one day (16 June, 1904) in the lives of three Dubliners and is modelled on episodes in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’. The central characters, Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom, and his wife Marian (Molly), correspond to Telemachus, Ulysses, and Penelope. This June day is known to Joyceans throughout the world as ‘Bloomsday’ . The first edition was published in Paris on Joyce’s fortieth birthday (2 February, 1922).

As James Joyce was working on Finnegans Wake, he asked his friend T.S. Eliot to shepherd an early extract, simply known as ‘Work in Progress’ into print. This celebrated episode, Anna Livia Plurabelle, was the first part of Joyce’s extraordinary text to be published in England. It became the best-known section of Finnegans Wake, and one of Joyce’s favourites; revised and published independently more times than any other piece.

Jame Joyce’s most famous and notable work ‘Ulysses’ is a landmark in twentieth-century literature, and one of the most famous and celebrated in modern literature. Written over a seven-year period in three different cities, it has survived legal action, bitter controversy and persistent misunderstanding. Literature, as Joyce tells us through the character of Dedalus is: “the eternal affirmation of the spirit of man”.
Ulysses was published in three states: 100 copies were printed on Dutch handmade paper and signed by Joyce; 150 large paper copies were printed on heavier vergé d’Arches, and the remaining 750 copies formed this slightly smaller format trade issue.

Joyce’s works influenced writers such as Samuel Beckett, Seán Ó Ríordáin, Jorge Luis Borges, Flann O’Brien, Salman Rushdie, and Cormac McCarthy,[96] and Joseph Campbell.

Bloomsday is a celebration held annually on the 16th of June in Dublin and in an increasing number of cities worldwide. The James Joyce Tower and Museum located in Sandycove, Dublin. The National Library of Ireland store many manuscripts and notebooks in his hand. Museum of Literature Ireland (branded MoLI in homage to Molly Bloom), has a fantastic Joyce collection, including Copy No. 1 of Ulysses. Other locations that hold Joyce material are Trinity College Library, University College Dublin Library, and, modestly, the Dublin Writers Museum. The Central Bank of Ireland issued a silver €10 commemorative coin in 2013 in honour of Joyce that misquoted a famous line from Ulysses.


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JOYCE, James: Dubliners, Folio Society.
JOYCE, James: Dubliners, Folio Society.
Folio Society, 2003. hardback. Condition: Very Good in Pictorial slip-case. 230pp. hardback, octavo, brown cloth lettered gilt and cream, dust wrapper not called for, crease to top leading corner of page 105 else a very good tightly bound copy with a clean and unmarked text.    
JOYCE, James: Finnegans Wake.
JOYCE, James: Finnegans Wake.
Faber & Faber Ltd., London, 1964. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 3rd Edition. Third UK edition, the first printing thereof: Owners signature persent. Per the publisher: “This reprint of Finnegans Wake has been revised to incorporate all the corrections noted by Joyce after the issue of the first edition.”
JOYCE, James: Pomes Penyeach.
JOYCE, James: Pomes Penyeach.
SCARCE FIRST EDITION Paris: Shakespeare & Co., 1927. First edition. Small 12mo. pp. [24] + errata. Original pale green papered boards, titled in black on upper cover. Price and printer in black on lower cover. With errata slip tipped in on lower pastedown. Slight sun-tanning to spine. A good copy. Pomes Penyeach contains thirteen poems, […]
JOYCE, James: Ulysses
JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Edited with a Preface by Danis Rose. Introduction by John Banville. 144 Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1997. The first edition of this title produced in Ireland. Royal octavo. pp. lxxxiii, [1], 739, [2]. Blue cloth, title in gilt on black panel on spine. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. Copy No. 735. A […]
JOYCE, James: Ulysses: First edition. Finely rebound in recent full blue morocco.
JOYCE, James: Ulysses: First edition. Finely rebound in recent full blue morocco.
Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition. Finely rebound in recent full blue morocco, double gilt rule to spine and boards, board edges and dentelles, top edge gilt, original blue printed wrapper bound in. No. 251 of 750 copies on hand-made paper numbered from 251 to 1000. Fine in matching morocco slipcase. Arguably the greatest […]
JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
London: Jonathan Cape, 1954. Crown octavo. pp. [vi] 288. Green cloth, titled in gilt. Spine faded, light foxing to endpapers. Previous owner’s signature on front endpaper. A very good copy in repaired dust jacket. Slocum & Cahoon A13.
JOYCE, James. Anna Livia Plurabelle [Signed Limited Edition]
With a preface by Padraic Colum. New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928. First edition, first printing. pp. xviii, [1], 61. Bound in brown cloth, blind-stamped and with inverted gilt triangle in the centre of the upper cover. Spine with gilt title and decorations. Edition limited to 800 numbered copies [No. 721], signed by James Joyce. Top edge gilt. A […]
JOYCE, James. Anna Livia Plurabelle.
Criterion Miscellany, No.15. London: Faber & Faber, 1930. Third impression. Crown octavo. pp. 32. Stitched brown wrappers, printed in red. Loosely inserted is a printed note advertising James Joyce’s reading of the last four pages on a Gramophone Record (price Two Guineas). A fine copy. Exceedingly rare in this condition. [L1 7E]
JOYCE, James. Haveth Childers Everywhere.
Fragment of Work in Progress. (Criterion Miscellany – No. 26). London: Faber & Faber, 1931. First English edition. Crown octavo. pp. 36. Original stitched canary yellow wrappers printed in red. A fine copy. [L1 7E]
JOYCE, James. Pomes Penyeach.
London: Faber, February, 1952. Crown octavo. pp. 22. Green card stitched, in printed gray dust wrapper. Lightly suntanned. A near fine copy. Slocum & Cahoon A28 Pomes Penyeach contains thirteen poems, beneath each poem is printed in italics the place and year of composition. [Cat 148 Porch]
Introduction by Stuart Gilbert. With 26 illustrations by Henri Matisse. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. Quarto. pp. xv, [iii], 363, [3]. Publisher’s original brown buckram, embossed in gilt and titled on front cover and on flat spine, the decorations from a design by LeRoy H. Appleton. In the publisher’s original slipcase with some […]
Preface by Stephen James Joyce. Introduction by Jacques Aubert. With Etchings by Mimmo Paladino. London: Folio Society, 2004. Royal octavo. pp. xix, [3], 735. Bound if full Greek-blue morocco with a design by Jeff Clements blocked in gilt and black on covers and spine; gold endpapers; navy blue and white endbands; blue silk marker. Edition […]
JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition.
Number 688 of 750 copies on handmade paper, from a total edition of 1000 copies. Original ‘Greek flag’ blue-green wrappers, lettered in white to upper cover. Some professional restoration to the spine. A near fine copy in quarter morocco clam-shell box.€32,500 Slocum & Cahoon A23. Arguably the greatest of modernist writers, James Joyce was a […]

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