JOYCE, James (1882-1941). Autograph letter signed ("James Joyce") to Wilhelm Herz (William H. Hartley) in Cologne; Paris, 21 September 1936. 1 page, oblong 12mo, in dark ink covering the message and address side of a picture postcard (the scene is of a statue in Copenhagen), with envelope addressed by Joyce.
"I HAVE WRITTEN TO MY GERMAN PUBLISHER ABOUT MY BOOK ['ULYSSES']"
The recipient Wilhelm Herz was a Swiss relative of Helen Joyce (the wife of James Joyce's brother George); he later Americanized his name to William Hartley. He first met Joyce in 1934 in Paris. It is in a letter of his to a family member (14 January 1941, see Letters, ed. R. Ellmann, vol. 3, p. 507) that we get a description of Joyce's death. Here Joyce writes: "Many thanks to you and your friend for copies of Politiken [a Copenhagen newspaper which had noted Joyce's recent visit to Denmark]. The letter to Lucia [his daughter] is just what I wanted. I have written to my German publisher about my book [Ulysses] and if and when I get a copy you will receive it. If not an English copy. Are the latter really not on sale in Cologne book shops. I mean, the Odyssey Press edition?..." Printed in Letters, ed. R. Ellmann, vol. 3, pp. 312-13.
[With:] JOYCE, James. Autograph picture postcard signed ("James Joyce") to Wilhelm Herz; Lausanne, 25 August 1938. 1 page, oblong 12mo, the message and address in green ink by Joyce (the obverse shows the Hotel de la Paix in Lausanne): "With many greetings from us both to you both." -- JOYCE. Christmas and New Year's card signed ("James Joyce") sent to the Herzes, Paris, 21 December 1937. 1 page, oblong 12mo: "With all the seasons greetings..." (also signed by his wife Nora). -- JOYCE. Typed copy, probably by Herz, of Joyce's poem "Ecce Puer (Behold the Boy!)." 1 page, 4to, verses written by Joyce on the birth of his grandson, Paris, 15 February 1932. The poem first appeared in the New Republic, New York, 30 November 1932; it's included in Collected Poems, 1936. -- JOYCE. Pomes Penyeach. Paris, 1927. 12o, original boards. FIRST EDITION. 2 copies. -- [JOYCE]. Typed letter signed from the Joyce biographer Richard Ellmann to William H. Hartley (Herz), 9 April 1963. 1 page, 4to, full of queries regarding his letters from Joyce. Together 7 items. (7)