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Arguably 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).

‘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”.

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JOYCE, James: Dubliners - Signed and Inscribed by James Joyce.
JOYCE, James: Dubliners – Signed and Inscribed by James Joyce.

SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY JAMES JOYCE IN LONDON JOYCE, James. Dubliners. London: Jonathan Cape, 1930. Seventh edition. 255, [1], [32 (Publisher’s List)]. pp. 278. Blue cloth, title, author and publisher’s device in gilt on spine. Corners a trifle bumped, usual wear to spine ends. Inscribed and signed to John Dulanty on front endpaper: To / […]

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: Dubliners.
JOYCE, James: Dubliners.

JOYCE, James. Dubliners. 137 London: Jonathan Cape, The Travellers’ Library, 1952. pp. 255, [1]. Red cloth, publisher’s device in silver on upper cover, title in silver on spine. A fine copy in lightly frayed dust jacket.

JOYCE, James: Finnegans Wake First Edition.
JOYCE, James: Finnegans Wake First Edition.

JOYCE, James. Finnegans Wake. London: Faber & Faber, 1939. First edition. pp. [8], 628. Brick-red cloth, titled in gilt. The poet, Richard Murphy’s copy with his signature on front pastedown. A very good copy.

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: 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.
JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. London: The Egoist Ltd, 23 Adelphi Terrace House, 1918. First English edition from English sheets. pp. [vi] 299. Edition limited to 1,000 copies. Dark green cloth, title blind stamped on upper cover, spine gilt (barely visible). Light spotting to cream endpapers, otherwise a sound […]



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