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JOYCE, James. Anna Livia Plurabelle. Preface by Padraic Colum. New York: Princeton University Press for Crosby Gaige, 1928.
8° (175 x 113mm). Printed on light green paper watermarked 'Alexandra Japan Made in U.S.A.'. (Upper portions of leaves waterstained.) Original black cloth gilt, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, boards with borders in blind, upper board with central gilt design, top edge gilt, others uncut (spine ends lightly rubbed, boards dampstained and bowed). Provenance: small ink sketch on front free endpaper.
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 850 COPIES, THIS NO. 6 OF 50 ON LIGHT GREEN PAPER. Slocum and Cahoon note that: 'Of these 50 copies [on light green paper] probably 6 were offered for sale by the publisher. These were numbered 1 to 6, with the following notice on p.[iv] in the handwriting of Crosby Gaige: This is one of 6 copies on green paper. Crosby Gaige.'; however, this copy is simply numbered '6', and does not bear the publisher's statement on the limitation page. 'The remaining 44 copies were presumably given away by Crosby Gaige, with the exception of a few which were remaindered to the Chaucer Head Book Shop, New York, in 1938 by Random House' (loc. cit.). RARE: only one copy is recorded at auction by ABPC since 1975. This fragment forms pp.532-554 of Finnegans Wake. Slocum and Cahoon Joyce A32.
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