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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: Death Mask

JOYCE, James. Death Mask. Bronze, on wooden wall mount with brass plate. JOYCE, James.  “The mask is a copy of the original made by Swiss artist, Paul Speck shortly after the death of the famous author in 1941. In the early hours of January 13, 1941 James Joyce died in a Swiss hospital. His wife […]

850.00
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.    

75.00
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.”

275.00
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, […]

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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 […]

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JOYCE, James: Ulysses – First UK Edition (In Fine Binding)

JOYCE, James. Ulysses. 142 “IN FINE BINDING “”LITERATURE – THE ETERNAL AFFIRMATION OF THE SPIRIT OF MAN””” London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1937. pp. [viii], 765, [2]. Small quarto. Bound in full crushed green levant morocco, titled in gilt on spine. Homeric bow onlay in brown morocco on upper cover. Gilt ruled doublures with […]

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JOYCE, James: Ulysses Illustrated by Henri Matisse

AN ESSENTIAL AND LUXURIOUS EDITION JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Illustrated by Henri Matisse. Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1999. 4to. pp. v, 732. Full green morocco elaborately tooled in gilt; moiré-silk endpapers, cream and green endbands, gold silk marker. A.e.g. A fine copy. In a 1920 letter Joyce gives some idea of what he’s attempting in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

375.00

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