JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.
4o. (Pale offsetting on half-title, inscription slightly bled, old glue remains beneath inscription presumably where bookplate removed.) Original "Greek flag" blue printed wrappers, uncut (few splits along joints ranging from 1- to 4-inches). Provenance: Henry Kaeser (presentation inscription); [House of Books, Ltd., catalogue November 1965]; Alice and David Halliday (sold Christie's New York, 20 May 1988, lot 266).
ONE OF ONLY TWO INSCRIBED COPIES OF THE ONE OF 100 ISSUE STILL IN PRIVATE HANDS
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, ONE OF 100 COPIES ON DUTCH HANDMADE PAPER, this copy out-of-series and unsigned on the limitation page. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY JOYCE TO HENRY KAESER on the front flyleaf: "To Henry Kaeser James Joyce Dijon 12 October 1922."
Henry Kaeser was a publisher in Lausanne and for a time in Paris. 12 October was the date of the second printing of Ulysses (The Egoist Press edition) and Joyce was in Dijon at the time to see the printer of the Shakespeare and Company first edition, Maurice Darantière. On his way from Paris to Nice, Joyce made the stop and inscribed a copy of the one of 150 issue to Darantière and this copy to Kaeser, who was also there visiting. The Darantière copy is now in the Rosenbach Museum, having been acquired at the John Quinn sale in 1924. That copy is marked "reservé" in an unknown hand on the colophon leaf, indicating that it was the printer's retained copy. The present copy, on the rarer Dutch handmade paper, is also unnumbered and unsigned, suggesting it was another of Darantière's retained copies.
PRESENTATION COPIES OF THIS ISSUE ARE VERY SCARCE. In J. Howard Woolmer's census, only nine copies, of the toal 59 located, have presentation inscriptions from Joyce. Of these nine, seven are in institutional libraries. THIS AND THE COPY INSCRIBED TO MARGARET ANDERSON ARE THE ONLY TWO INSCRIBED COPIES STILL IN PRIVATE HANDS. The Anderson copy was sold in the James Gilvarry Collection, Christie's New York, 7 February 1986, lot 362. This is the only unnumbered copy on Dutch handmade paper noted by Woolmer in his census. Slocum & Cahoon do not mention out-of-series copies. See "Ulysses" at Auction with a Preliminary Census (reproduced from the James Joyce Quarterly, Vol. 17, No.2, Winter 1980). Connolly, The Modern Movement 42; Slocum & Cahoon A17.