Joyce's First Book
JOYCE, James. Chamber Music. London: Elkin Matthews , 1907.
First edition, first issue in the rare first binding variant, with lighter green cloth and thick laid-paper endpapers. One out of a total edition of 509 copies. Small quarto (6 1/4 x 4 3/8 inches; 160 x 110). [40] pp. With half-title and pictorial engraved title-page.

Original green cloth, gilt-stamped front board and spine. Spine extremities very slightly rubbed. Endpapers lightly toned. Edges uncut. About fine. Housed in a quarter green morocco over marbled boards clamshell.

'Joyce's first published book was Chamber Music, a collection of 36 love poems. His poetry was noticed by Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot and included in Pound's influential Imagist Anthology of 1914. Pound wrote of Chamber Music: "the quality and distinction of the poems in the first half ... is due in part to their author's strict musical training ... the wording is Elizabethan, the metres at times suggesting Herrick." Known as a lyric poet, Joyce based some of his poems on songs." (From The Poetry Foundation bibliography)

Slocum and Cahoon 3.

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