DescriptionJames Joyce. Ulysses. New York: Random House, 1934.
First American edition. Octavo. 768 pages. Dust jacket design by Ernst Reichl.
Publisher's cream cloth binding with black and red titles. Original first issue dust jacket with the artist's name at the lower right of the front panel. Housed in a custom cream cloth slipcase. Minor shelf wear. Light toning to the textblock. Tiny closed tear at the bottom of the title page. Dust jacket somewhat worn, with some paper loss at the corners, flap folds, and spine ends. An adhesive stain on the front panel overlaps with the "E" and "S" and "james joyce" at the bottom right, and has abraded the paper in two very small areas. Also, front panel and spine mildly rubbed. All in all, a very good copy of James Joyce's enduring masterpiece.
Originally published in Paris in 1922, Ulysses was banned in the United States until 1933. This is the first "legal" edition of the novel to be published in America after Judge John M. Woolsey's landmark decision (in United States vs. One Book Called Ulysses) that Ulysses was not, in fact, pornographic, and therefore could not be obscene. Woolsey's verdict concerning Ulysses has been ranked "among the most civilized ever handed down by an American Court" and allowed millions of American readers to experience the novel that the Modern Library ranked Number 1 on their list of "100 Best Novels" in 1999.
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