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JOYCE, James. Storiella As She Is Syung. A Section of "Work in Progress". [London]: The Corvinus Press, 1937.
4° (320 x 260mm). Text printed in red and black. Hand-coloured printed 'lettrine' after Lucia Joyce, printed music and illustrations in the text. (Occasional very light spotting.) Original orange-stained vellum gilt, spine and upper board lettered in gilt, lower board with gilt Corvinus Press device, top edge gilt (extremities very lightly rubbed, boards a little bowed).
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 176 COPIES, THIS NO. 20 OF 25 SIGNED BY JOYCE. Viscount Carlow, the founder and owner of The Corvinus Press wrote to Joyce in early 1936, requesting a text to print and Joyce replied in July 1936, sending a copy of transition 23 and a 'lettrine' design by Lucia Joyce. After Joyce had made some amendments to the text and chosen the title, work began on the printing in early 1937 and was finished in October 1937, as stated on the colophon. However, the sheets of the signed copies numbered 1-25 (including this), were probably not bound and issued until January 1938; in a letter of 12 January 1938, Joyce comments that 'Lord Carlow was here yesterday with the sheets [of Storiella] for me to sign' (Joyce Selected Letters p.389). '[Storiella] is among Carlow's most ambitious productions, and is arguably the most significant text to be printed at the Corvinus Press' (Nash and Flavell). These fragments form pp.260-275 and 304-304 of Finnegans Wake. Nash and Flavell Corvinus 17; Slocum and Cahoon Joyce A46.
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