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JOYCE, JAMES. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company 1922. 4to, original printed blue wrappers, uncut, very skilfully rebacked to match, three-inch closed tear at bottom of front cover neatly repaired on verso, blue cloth slipcase. FIRST EDITION, no. 282 of 750 copies on handmade paper (numbered from 251 to 1000), of an edition of 1000, ONE OF THE VERY EARLIEST KNOWN PRESENTATION COPIES, INSCRIBED BY JOYCE NINE DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION TO LEWIS GALANTIÈRE on the half-title: "To Lewis Galantière James Joyce Paris 11 February 1922." With pencilled notes by Galantière about the book on front flyleaf; with marginal markings, some underlinings and annotations by him in pencil and ink in the text; and with holograph notes on Ulysses, 2 pages, 8vo, in pencil and ink by him laid in. Slocum & Cahoon A17; Connolly, The Modern Movement, 42.

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JOYCE, JAMES. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company 1922. 4to, original printed blue wrappers, uncut, very skilfully rebacked to match, three-inch closed tear at bottom of front cover neatly repaired on verso, blue cloth slipcase. FIRST EDITION, no. 282 of 750 copies on handmade paper (numbered from 251 to 1000), of an edition of 1000, ONE OF THE VERY EARLIEST KNOWN PRESENTATION COPIES, INSCRIBED BY JOYCE NINE DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION TO LEWIS GALANTIÈRE on the half-title: "To Lewis Galantière James Joyce Paris 11 February 1922." With pencilled notes by Galantière about the book on front flyleaf; with marginal markings, some underlinings and annotations by him in pencil and ink in the text; and with holograph notes on Ulysses, 2 pages, 8vo, in pencil and ink by him laid in. Slocum & Cahoon A17; Connolly, The Modern Movement, 42.

Lewis Galantière (1895-1977), an American writer and playwright, was secretary of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris from 1920-27; he knew most of the literary people of the day and was a good friend of Ernest Hemingway's. He is mentioned in a letter from Joyce to Harriet Weaver of 17 April 1926: "...I am to read [from Finnegans Wake]...to a small group, this time including [George] Antheil and a young American [Lewis] Galantière who is preparing a course of lectures on U[lysses]" (Letters, ed. R. Ellmann, vol. 3, p. 140).

David Alethea, "Lewis Galantière: The Last Amateur" in Columbia Library Columns, vol. XLI, no. 2, February 1992, pp. 6-7: "When [Burton] Rascoe became literary editor of the New York Herald Tribune, his first act was to hire Galantière to write a literary letter from Paris. His columns over the next two years contain, besides analysis of the French literary scene...brief insights into the work and play of the literary circle in which he was a kind of invisible presence. He writes of visiting Proust...of collecting money to support James Joyce and listening to him sing of Molly Bloom...Though invited by Joyce to undertake a lecture tour on Ulysses with his collaboration and urged by Sylvia Beach to write a guide to reading Ulysses [probably the reasons for his above-mentioned notes], Galantière undertook neither of these projects."

Publication date for Ulysses was 2 February 1922, chosen to coincide with Joyce's birthday. Two copies of the ordinary issue (one of 750 on handmade paper) were rushed from the printer in Dijon to Paris, where Sylvia Beach turned one over to Joyce (who inscribed it on 2 February to his wife Nora) and kept the other for exhibition at the Shakespeare & Company bookshop. "A slight mistake about the cover of Ulysses caused Darantière [the Dijon printer] to delay sending more copies and Joyce became very impatient. A week after publication less than fifty copies had arrived..." (Ellman, Joyce, p. 525). The first day on which Joyce inscribed copies of the Dutch handmade paper issue (one of 100 signed copies) was 13 February (copies number 1 through 3 were inscribed to Harriet Weaver, Sylvia Beach, and Margaret Anderson, respectively). OTHER THAN THE COPY JOYCE GAVE TO HIS WIFE, WE ARE NOT AWARE OF AN EARLIER PRESENTATION COPY THAN THIS ONE OF 11 FEBRUARY TO GALANTIÈRE.

Provenance:
1. Lewis Galantière, sold by him to
2. Phoenix Book Shop, sold on 19 March 1975 to
3. James Hughes, by bequest to
4. The present owner.
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