JOYCE, James. Anna Livia Plurabelle--'James Joyce reading "Anna
Livia Plurabelle"', manufactured by The Gramophone Co., Ltd., Hayes for The Orthological Institute, Cambridge, . 302mm diameter, 78rpm gramophone record, printed paper labels on both sides. Contemporary
paper sleeve. FIRST PRESSING. This fragment forms pp.213-216 of
Finnegans Wake. Cf. Slocum and Cahoon Joyce p.173, noting that this is the first of the 4 pressings made.
'Anna Livia Plurabelle in Basic', in: Charles Kay OGDEN (1889-1957, editor). Psyche. London: R.I. Severs for Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. Ltd., October 1931, vol.XII, no.2, pp.92-95. 8° (246 x 153mm). Original printed wrappers. THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE LAST FOUR PAGES OF ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE TRANSLATED INTO BASIC ENGLISH. 'The purpose is to give the simple sense of the Gramophone Record made by Mr. Joyce, [The Orthological Institute, Cambridge: 1929] who has himself taken part in the attempt' (p.93). WITH MANUSCRIPT NOTE at the side of the article, where the transcript begins: 'the record starts here , by Miss L.W. Lockhart and James Joyce , C.K. Ogden'. Slocum and Cahoon Joyce D1.
[L.W. LOCKHART and J. JOYCE.] 'Notes on Basic English on the Anna Livia Plurabelle Record', in: C.K. OGDEN (editor) Psyche. Cambridge: Psyche, April 1932, vol XII, no. 4, pp.86-95. 8° (246 x 154mm). Original printed wrappers (slightly marked and creased). WITH MANUSCRIPT NOTE 'BY MISS L.W. LOCKHART , AND JAMES JOYCE , C.K. OGDEN' AT THE HEAD OF THE ARTICLE. Not in Slocum and Cahoon Joyce. Together with galley proofs of the article, 4 sheets (635 x 67mm), printed on the rectos only, stapled at the head (a little marked and creased, marginal tears).
J. JOYCE. Anna Livia Plurabelle Fragment of Work in Progress. London: Trend and Company for Faber & Faber, 1930. 8° (189 x 130mm). Original brown cloth, upper board lettered in gilt (hinges partially split). With loosely-inserted advertisement slip headed 'NOTE' and reading 'MR. JOYCE'S own reading of the last four pages of Anna Livia Plurabelle has been recorded on a 12 inch double-sided Gramophone Record, which is obtainable (price Two Guineas) from THE ORTHOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, 10 KING'S PARADE, CAMBRIDGE'. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Slocum and Cahoon Joyce A33.
JOYCE'S RECORDING OF ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE WITH A COPY OF PSYCHE ATTRIBUTING A PREVIOUSLY-ANONYMOUS ARTICLE TO JOYCE. Joyce only made three recordings; one from Ulysses and two from Finnegans Wake. Of these, 30 copies of the first were pressed and it is 'extremely rare' (Slocum and Cahoon) and the second was never published (due to technical imperfections); thus this is the only one normally offered commercially. The recording, which was made in 1929 for The Orthological Institute, was organised by the mathematician, philosopher and inventor of 'Basic English', C.K. Ogden (cf. 'Anna Livia Plurabelle in Basic' in: Psyche (London: October 1931), XII/2, p.92). Ogden had been asked on Joyce's behalf to write an introduction to Tales Told of Shem and Shaun; Ogden accepted (see lot 739 for correspondence about the introduction), and subsequently arranged for this recording to be made. Due to Joyce's failing eyesight, 'the pages had been prepared for him in half-inch letters, but the light in the studio was so weak that Joyce still could not read them. He therefore had to be prompted in a whisper throughout, his achievement being, as Ogden said, all the more remarkable' (R. Ellmann Joyce, p.617). In Cyril Connolly's opinion, 'The best way to come to [Finnegans Wake] is through the "Anna Livia" recording and the "Tales told of Shem and Shaun"' (Connolly The Modern Movement 87). (4)