JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.
JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.

JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.

First edition, limited issue, one of 100 copies on Dutch handmade paper, this copy number 11, signed by Joyce on the limitation page. With the 4-leaf errata and printed limitation ticket laid-in. The impact of Joyce's Ulysses was revolutionary in its own time, and the book continues to stand as the single most significant English language novel of the last century.

The complexities of its formal structure, its linguistic inventiveness and its imaginative cohesion of historical sources have made Ulysses the most diligently studied work of modern literature in English. Cyril Connolly, while criticizing Joyce's "preference for language rather than people," nevertheless could not reject the novel's immense intellectual weight: "somehow it does achieve greatness like a ruined temple soaring from a jungle -- and should be judged perhaps as a poem, a festival of the imagination."

The first printing consisted of 1,000 copies, divided into three various limitations. The first 100 copies were printed on fine handmade paper, numbered 1-100, and signed by Joyce (as here). Copies 101-250 were also printed on handmade paper, though of a lesser grade than the first 100, and were not signed by Joyce. The final 750 copies were numbered 251-1,000, printed on the least expensive stock of paper, and like the previous limitation, were not signed by Joyce.

4to. Original "Greek flag" blue printed wrappers, uncut and unopened. (a few tears to lower spine panel, lower spine corner bumped, otherwise a very fine copy); cloth slipcase and chemise. The Modern Movement 42; Slocum & Cahoon A17.

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