The First Edition of Joyce’s Great Work, 1 of 100 Copies Signed by Joyce
JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company , 1922.
First edition. One of 100 numbered copies on Dutch handmade paper, out of a total of 1000, this being number 41. Signed by Joyce. Quarto (9 3/4 inches x 7 3/4 inches; 237 x 195 mm). [viii], 732, [1, colophon], [3, blank] pp.

Of the 1,000 copies of the first edition, 100 were on Dutch handmade paper (measuring 23.7 x 19.5 cm.) and signed by Joyce, 150 were on vergé d’Arches paper (measuring 26.2 x 20.1 cm.), and 750 were on handmade paper (measuring 23.7 x 18.5 cm.). The last two formats were not issued signed. Complete with flyleaves.

Original blue printed wrappers. Uncut. Interior is extremely clean. Wrappers with some minor edge wear and rubbing. Fragile original spine with expected minimal chipping. Some loss along lower back joint and some small loss to the head and tail of spine and a few nicks along edges. Some very minor toning and foxing to first and last few leaves. Remnants of an old bookplate that was removed on front free endpaper. A very fresh copy, completely unsophisticated, superior in condition to how most copies are usually found. Housed in a custom blue cloth clamshell case with morocco label.

"The novel is universally hailed as the most influential work of modern times" (Grolier Joyce 69). After working seven years on Ulysses, Joyce, desperate to find a publisher, turned to Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company in Paris. "Within a month of the publication, the first printing of Ulysses was practically sold out, and within a year Joyce had become a well-known literary figure. Ulysses was explosive in its impact on the literary world of 1922 ... Then began the great game of smuggling the edition into countries where it was forbidden, especially England and the United States. The contraband article was transported across the seas and national borders in all sorts of cunning ways" (de Grazia, 27).

Slocum and Cahoon A17.

HBS # 68153 $250,000