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    A Beautiful Copy of the Rare Bodley Head Edition, Copy #3 of 100, Signed by Joyce

    James Joyce. Ulysses. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, [1936].

    First edition printed in England, one of 100 copies on Mould-made paper, bound in vellum, and signed by James Joyce. Large, thick quarto (10 x 7.5 inches; 254 x 190 mm). [xvi], 765, [1], [2, blank] pages. Binding and typography designed by Eric Gill.

    Publisher's full vellum, large pictorial centerpiece (a Homeric bow) stamped in gilt, smooth spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, many unopened. Housed in the publisher's decorative paper slipcase with printed paper label and manuscript "3." Some shelf wear to slipcase extremities and edges, and a very few subtle rust-colored stains to front board, else a fine copy.

    A gorgeous copy of the Bodley Head Ulysses, considered to be the most handsome of all editions. In the volume are three appendices comprising protests, injunctions, Joyce's letter to his American publisher, Judge Woolsey's decision to lift the ban on Ulysses in the United States, and other related material, including a Joyce bibliography.

    "Universally hailed as the most influential work of modern times" (Grolier, Joyce, 69), in 1998 Ulysses was named the most important novel of the twentieth century by the editorial board of the Modern Library.

    Slocum and Cahoon A23.

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