JOYCE, James. Pomes Penyeach [SCARCE FIRST EDITION]

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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 and minor wear to spine. A very good copy.
Slocum & Cahoon A24
Pomes Penyeach contains thirteen poems, beneath each poem is printed in italics the place and year of composition. Sylvia Beach and the author were in agreement that this book should be printed as “cheaply” as possible, consistent with the book’s title and brilliant concept. The original price was a shilling (twelve francs). Just as Greek blue was James Joyce’s colour of choice for ‘Ulysses’, an even more special colour Irish-Calville Apple, was chosen for this edition: “Colours were emblematic and symbolic for Joyce, who was very particular about this shade of green, which unfortunately fades fast!” (‘Sylvia Beach and The Lost Generation’, page 263).

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