Lot 66 of 221:
James Joyce Ulysses 1/750 1st edition  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$18,000
$20,000 - $30,000


Joyce, James


Shakespeare and Company



[8], 732, [1] pp. 24x18 cm. (9½x7¼"), original blue paper wrappers lettered in white, with integral turnovers present; custom, and fairly old, half morocco slipcase & chemise. No. 255 of 750 copies printed on handmade paper, from a total run of 1000 copies. First Edition, First Printing.

A nice, untrimmed copy in the original wrappers of arguably the greatest work of literature of the twentieth century. This is one of the earliest copies from the press - the 750 copies printed on handmade paper were the first copies printed, and the numbering began with 251 - this copy at 255 would have been the fifth to have been completed. Furthermore, according to publisher Sylvia Beach's record of sales, #255 is listed as one of the very first copies to have been sold, being bought on February 9th, 1922. "Ulysses" can be viewed as the pinnacle of the Modernist movement, and its impact on all subsequent western literature is unmistakable. Such writers as Virginia Woolf, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, Samuel Beckett, Malcolm Lowry, and Anthony Burgess have all paid tribute to Joyce's influence. According to James Spoerri, "This fortunate combination of printer [Maurice Darantiére and publisher [Sylvia Beach] resulted in the appearance of 'Ulysses' as a book whose physical aspect is particularly suited to its content. It is a fair and inviting volume, the blue and white of its covers subtly evocative of the Greece whose epic it so closely parallels." Slocum & Cahoon A17. Bookplate of Ad &Ben Schulberg affixed to inside of front wrapper.

Lot Amendments

Later slipcase worn, repairs to spine and joints; original wrappers with some rubbing to edges, splitting at joints, spine with some wear and portion repaired; a rare copy untrimmed and in the original wrappers.

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