DescriptionJames Joyce. Finnegans Wake. New York: The Viking Press, 1939.
First American edition. Octavo. 628 pages.
Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles. Original printed dust jacket lettered in aqua, crimson, and white. Edges and corners rubbed, especially along the bottom edge. Endpapers and textblock edges somewhat toned and thumb-soiled. Dust jacket moderately worn along the edges, with a number of small closed tears. One noticeable bump and resultant closed tear to the bottom edge of the front panel, not affecting any text. Minor chipping at spine ends and corners. Overall, a very good copy of one of the 20th century's most famous, and infamous, literary creations.
"If our society should go to smash tomorrow (which, as Joyce implies, it may) one could find all the pieces, together with the forces that broke them, in Finnegans Wake. The book is a kind of terminal moraine in which lie buried all the myths, programmes, slogans, hopes, prayers, tools, educational theories, and theological bric-a-brac of the past millennium. And here, too, we will find the love that reanimates this debris." (Joseph Campbell, A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake).
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