JOYCE, James Augustine Aloysius (1882-1941). A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses, in: The New Freewoman. An Individualist Review [continued as: The Egoist. An Individual Review]. London: The Oxonian Press [and others] for The New Freewoman Ltd. and The Egoist Ltd, 1913-1919, vol. I, nos 1-13 and vol. I, no. 1.-vol. VI, no. 5 [all published under both titles]. 7 volumes, 2° (314 x 208mm). (Some issues lightly browned, some leaves torn, some tears skilfully repaired, occasional cropping causing insignificant loss of text, lacking The Egoist vol. I, no. 14 and vol. II, no. 5.) Contemporary blue cloth, lettered in gilt on the spines, top edges gilt (spines slightly darkened, extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: manuscript notes in Harriet Shaw Weaver's hand tipped onto fore-edges of vol. I, no. 15 and vol. II, no. 6 noting that the preceding issues are sold out -- Quentin Keynes (1921-2003).
FIRST EDITIONS. THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, WITH AUTOGRAPH NOTES BY WEAVER, the magazine's editor and Joyce's patron. Joyce sent the first chapter of A Portrait, together with Dubliners, to Ezra Pound, who replied in a letter of 19 January 1914 that he would be able to persuade Dora Marsden, the then editor of The Egoist (succeeded by Harriet Shaw Weaver on 1 July 1914) to print it. As a prelude to its publication, Pound included in his review column letters from and to Joyce concerning the difficulties of getting Dubliners published ('A Curious History', vol.I, no.2, 15 January 1914, pp.26-7). Serialization of A Portrait began on 2 February 1914 (vol.I, no.3) and it ran to 1 September 1915 (vol.II, no.9): however, it was not printed between 15 September and 16 November 1914 (vol.I, no.3-vol.II, no.9), when, due to the war, Joyce was unable to get the manuscript sent from Trieste, and no instalment was included in the special Imagist issue of 1 May 1915 (vol.II, no.5). The text of the serialization is substantially the same as that of the first edition (New York: 1916) but it did not include the opening pages of Chapter III. Through Joyce's association with The Egoist, where he was 'discovered and coddled by Pound, [and] mothered by Miss Weaver, he managed not only to finish A Portrait of the Artist but also to begin to write Exiles and Ulysses' (Ellmann Joyce, p.355). The present, complete set of the magazine is distinguished by the two notes in Harriet Shaw Weaver's hand, which state 'Egoist of 15 July, 1914 sold out' and 'Egoist 1st May 1915 sold out', both with pencilled notes beneath by Keynes identifying Shaw's hand. This set also includes Ezra Pound's 'James Joyce. At Last the Novel Appears' (vol IV, no.2, pp.21-22), with publication details included in a note on p.21 ('A Portrait [...] by James Joyce. The Egoist Ltd. Ready now, price 6s') and an order form for A Portrait on p.32 [Gallup Pound C246], and some three and a half episodes of Ulysses (vol.VI, nos 1-5). Slocum and Cahoon C46 (A Portrait) and C53 (Ulysses). (7)