3 December 2007
THE PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
JOYCE, James. Finnegans Wake. London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1939.
8o. Original red cloth, gilt-stamped on spine, top edge stained yellow (front hinge starting); dust jacket (a few chips at spine ends, a few closed tears along edges); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Jonathan Goodwin (his sale part III, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 12 April 1978, lot 748, part).
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, trade issue. 3,400 sets of sheets for the trade edition of Finnegans Wake were printed for Faber and Faber; of these, 2,255 were bound and sold at 25 shillings, 950 were destroyed by the publisher, and the remaining were gratis copies. It is possible that the 950 discarded sets of sheets remained unsold because of the price; certainly Joyce, writing to Daniel Brody (his German publisher) felt that, "In my opinion the price is altogether too high but it does not depend on me' (letter of 5 March 1939, J. Joyce Letters (London: 1957-1965), III, p. 437). Slocum & Cahoon A47.
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