Ben Schulberg's Copy of One of the 750 Printed on Handmade Paper, in the Original Greek Blue WrappersJames Joyce. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.
First edition, number 255 of 750 numbered copies printed on handmade paper (out of a total edition of 1,000 copies). Octavo. 732 pages.
Publisher's Greek blue wrappers lettered in white. Edges uncut. With the bookplate of Ben Schulberg, legendary Hollywood producer, head of Paramount Pictures, and father of screenwriter Budd Schulberg, affixed to the inside front cover. Housed in a tattered and timeworn slipcase and chemise. Wrappers worn, a bit faded, and tender, with the covers partially split at the spine ends. Minor cloth loss at spine ends. A one-and-one-quarter-inch by two-and-one-quarter-inch rectangular section of the spine has been removed, and also a horizontal sliver below it, possibly to provide fill for a separate copy. Small hole in the rear cover with some minor abrading around it. Wrapper spilt along part of the fore-edge. Internal contents clean, though a touch age-toned. All in all, a very good, unrestored copy of the greatest novel of all time, with a Hollywood provenance.
"Here at last was Ulysses, in a Greek blue jacket, bearing the title and the author's name in white letters. Here were the seven hundred and thirty-two pages 'complete as written,' and an average of one to half-a-dozen typographical errors per page - the publisher apologized for them on a little slip inserted in the copies. The period immediately following the publication of his book was so exciting that Joyce couldn't keep away from his publisher for fear of missing something. He applied himself to helping (?) us with the parcels... Lavishing glue on the labels, the floor, and his hair, he urged me to get a copy to so and so at once if he had already paid... We managed to get some of the glue out of Joyce's hair with a 'remover' we had, and all the copies of Ulysses safely in the hands of subscribers in England and Ireland before the authorities realized it." (Sylvia Beach: Shakespeare and Company, p. 85-86)
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