JOYCE, James. Work in Progress, in: Eugene JOLAS et al. (editors). transition. Paris: transition [nos 1-20], The Hague: The Servire Press [nos 21-24], New York: transition [nos 25-27], and Paris: Transition Press [no. 49], 1927-1938 and 1949. 28 numbers in 27 volumes [including first and second editions of no.1 and double issues nos 16/17 and 19/20, no. 23 with supplement Testimony against Gertrude Stein], 4° (196 x 142-230 x 155mm). Plates. (Some variable light browning.) Original printed wrappers with covers after Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, Hans Arp, Kurt Schwitters, Man Ray et al., 15 nos. contained in later boxes (some spines faded, some chipping causing small losses, some wrappers detached, some repairs). FIRST EDITION of all nos with the second edition of no. 1. Sold as a periodical, not subject to return. Slocum and Cahoon Joyce C70. [With:]
J. JOYCE. 'A Muster from Work in Progress', in: E. JOLAS and Robert SAGE (editors). transition stories. New York: The Vale-Ballou Press for Walter V. McKee, 1929, pp.177-191. 8° (240 x 158). (Occasional light marking, some getherings clumsily opened causing marginal tears.) Original cloth-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in black, partially unopened (spine a little darkened and marked). Provenance: Peabody Book Shop, Baltimore (bookseller's label on upper pastedown). FIRST EDITION THUS IN BOOK FORM, NO. 35 OF 100 LARGE-PAPER COPIES. The 'Muster' contains quotations from transition, reprinted with revisions, which were further revised before publication in Finnegans Wake. Slocum and Cahoon Joyce B11; cf. Published in Paris p.416.
ALL OF PART I, 3 CHAPTERS OF PART II, AND ALL OF PART III OF FINNEGANS WAKE. Although fragments of Finnegans Wake had previously been published in transatlantic review (whose editor Ford Madox Ford gave the title 'Work in Progress') in 1924 and in other journals, it was not until Jolas began serial publication in transition that substantial portions appeared; as Slocum and Cahoon note, 'In each case where transition duplicated a previous publication there was an extensive revision of the text; the text was usually revised again before final publication in Finnegans Wake'. The instalments were issued under the following titles: 'Opening Pages of a Work in Progress' (transition no. 1); 'Continuation of a Work in Progress' (nos. 2-22); 'Work in Progress' (nos 23 and 26); and 'Fragment from Work in Progress' (no. 27). Together, these fragments form pp.3-216, 219-275, 282-331, 338-355, and 403-590 of Finnegans Wake. (28)