JOYCE, James. Ulysses. London: Western Printing Services Ltd for John Lane The Bodley Head, 1936.
8° (257 x 195mm). Title printed in blue and black. Printed music in the text. Original vellum gilt by The Leighton Straker Bookbinding Co, spine lettered in gilt, boards with bow design after Eric Gill, top edge gilt, others uncut, slipcase (vellum very lightly marked, minor scratch on lower board).
FIRST PRINTING IN ENGLAND, LIMITED TO 1,000 COPIES, THIS NO. 69 OF 100 ON MOULD-MADE PAPER, SPECIALLY BOUND AND SIGNED BY JOYCE. Joyce had entered into negotiations with T.S. Eliot in 1932 regarding the publication of Ulysses by Faber and Faber; however, Eliot, fearful of prosecution, would only entertain publishing certain episodes, a plan Joyce predictably rejected, writing to Eliot: 'it implies [...] that I recognise the right of any authorities in either of Bull's islands to dictate to me what and how I am to write. I never did and never will' (quoted in R. Ellmann Joyce, p.653). He further elaborated his rationale to Sisley Huddlestone thus: 'To consent [to excisions] would be an admission that the expurgated parts are not indispensable. The whole point about them is that they cannot be omitted. Either they are put in gratuitously without reference to my general purpose; or they are an integral part of my book. If they are mere interpolations, my book is inartistic; and if they are strictly in their place, they cannot be left out' (loc.cit.). Eliot withdrew, and John Lane was approached, and--following difficulties caused by protests from the printers--an English edition printed in England was finally published in 1936, prompting Joyce to comment 'Now the war between me and England is over, and I am the conqueror' (R. Ellmann op. cit., p.693).
The text of this edition was based on that of the second impression of the Odyssey Press edition (Hamburg, Paris and Bologna: 1933), and is augmented with three appendices: A. 'International Protest' (cf. lot 727) and 'Injunction against Samuel Roth'; B. letter from Joyce to Bennett A. Cerf, text of John M. Woolsey's decision to lift the American ban on Ulysses, the decision of the United States Court of Appeals (7 August 1934), and Morris L. Ernst's foreword to the first American edition; C. P. Pertzoff's 'Bibliography of Works by Mr. James Joyce'. Loosely inserted is a broadsheet, 4° prospectus for the work. Slocum and Cahoon Joyce A23.