An Uncommonly Nice Copy of the First Edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, One of 750 Numbered Copies Printed on Handmade PaperJames Joyce. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition, number 513 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, with the inner jacket folds present. Edges uncut. Housed in a half leather over cloth slipcase and chemise with gilt spine titles. Wrappers moderately worn, a bit faded and dust-soiled, and lightly tattered, with a few small closed tears along the spine and edges. Minor loss at spine ends. All in all, a very good, unrestored copy of perhaps the most well-respected novel of all time, in much better condition than usually seen.
"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, pages 85-86).
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