One of 750 First Editions on Handmade PaperJames Joyce. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.
First edition. One of 750 numbered copies on handmade paper (this copy being No. 540), out of a total edition of 1,000 copies. Quarto (9.125 x 7.25 inches; 232 x 184 mm.). , 732, [1, colophon], [3, blank] pages (final blank leaf affixed to rear wrapper). "Printed for Sylvia Beach by Maurice Darantiere at Dijon, France" (colophon).
Bound in modern antique-style half marbled sheep, ruled in blind, over marbled paper over boards. Spine ruled in blind in six compartments with five gilt-decorated raised bands and two burgundy leather labels ruled and lettered in gilt, top edge marbled, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Front and rear covers of the original blue printed wrappers (without the flaps) have been bound in. Spine of custom leather binding is faded and rubbed, especially at extremities, the marbled paper blistered slightly on the covers. A few small stains to the front wrapper, some slight discoloration and a couple of scuff marks to the rear wrapper. Small faint blue stain on the lower edge. Text slightly browned, intermittent faint dampstain to the outer margin and to the rear wrapper and rear endpapers, some very occasional minor marginal soiling or staining. Pages 201/202 and 203/204 poorly opened at the outer edge. Previous owner's ink signature, dated 1970, on verso of front free endpaper. A very good copy.
Of the 1,000 copies of the first edition, 100 were on Dutch handmade paper (measuring 23.7 x 19.5 cm.) numbered from 1 to 100 and signed by Joyce, 150 were on vergé d'Arches paper (measuring 26.2 x 20.1 cm.) numbered from 101 to 250, and 750 were on handmade paper (measuring 23.7 x 18.5 cm.) numbered from 251 to 1000. The last two formats were not issued signed.
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