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    James Joyce. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition, limited to 1,000 numbered copies, of which this is one of 750 copies on handmade paper, numbered 444. Large octavo (9.375 x 7.375 inches; 239 x 187 mm.). [12, blanks and preliminaries], 732, [1, printer's statement], [3, blank] pages. Publisher's perfect binding, original blue wrappers, front lettered in white; all text block edges untrimmed. Backstrip creased, with some light rubbing resulting in mild loss to surface of paper over bands; small amount of nicking at corners of backstrips; mild wear along joints; just a trace of rippling to wrappers from age and binding process; a bit of very faint rubbing and discoloration to wrappers; dark speck and tiny amount of wear and curling at edges. Minimal amount of very faint dulling along text block edges; a few smudges of pale thumbsoiling to front free endpaper and first couple of leaves of text block; small spot of soiling at foot of limitation page; tiny gouge out of fore-edge margin of pages 57-58; back half of text block unopened. Near fine, given the fragile nature of the volume. Clean, bright interior. With the original prospectus for the book, a single bifolium with a tipped-in reproduced photo of Joyce, laid in at front. Housed in custom one-quarter dark blue morocco book-backed clamshell.

    A classic of English-language literature, and defendant in the storied obscenity trial United States v. One Book Called Ulysses, a landmark case in the history of American publishing. Cyril Connolly writes, it "achieve[s] greatness like a ruined temple soaring from a jungle -- and should be judged perhaps as a poem, a festival of the imagination. It is also our novel, adopted at last even by Ireland and begetter of several generations of theses in America." Beach, Shakespeare and Company (Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1991), pp. 85-86 ("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 a half-a-dozen typographical errors per page"); Connolly 42; Slocum and Cahoon 17.


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