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    One of 750 Numbered Copies

    James Joyce. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition, number 589 of 750 copies printed on handmade paper (out of a total edition of 1,000). Octavo. 732 pages. Publisher's original Greek blue wrappers lettered in white, with the inner jacket folds present. Edges uncut. Housed in custom quarter-leather slipcase. Wrappers mostly perished at spine, upper corner of front panel torn with paper loss, rear wrapper chipping at joint, corners of front endpapers torn, preliminary blank lightly soiled. A good copy of a literary landmark.

    More Information: "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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