JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition.
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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
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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). Ulyssesis 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.
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