One of 100, the Bradley Martin copy
JOYCE, James (1882-1941). Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.

First edition, limited issue, one of 100 copies on Dutch handmade paper, this being copy number 60, signed by Joyce on the limitation page. The Bradley Martin copy. This copy with "Extracts from Press Notices of Ulysses by James Joyce" [drop title]. Leveridge & Co. [for Shakespeare and Company, after February 1922 and before March 1923], 4 pp., laid in.

Joyce's Ulysses was a revolution in literature and its impact resonates to this day. The complexities of its formal structure, its linguistic inventiveness and its imaginative cohesion of historical sources have made Ulysses the most diligently studied work of modern literature in English, and it continues to stand as the single most significant English language novel of the last century. Set on a single day in June 1904, the novel chronicles the experiences of Stephen Dedalus, protagonist of Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), and Leopold Bloom and his wife Molly. Facilitated by an unprecedented and unparalleled stream-of-consciousness style, it employs a language that teems with humour, playfulness and experimentation. Cyril Connolly, while criticizing Joyce's "preference for language rather than people," nevertheless could not ignore the novel's immense intellectual weight: "somehow it does achieve greatness like a ruined temple soaring from a jungle – and should be judged perhaps as a poem, a festival of the imagination."

The first printing consisted of 1000 copies, divided into three various limitations. The first 100 copies were printed on fine handmade paper, numbered 1-100, and signed by Joyce (as here). Copies 101-250 were also printed on handmade paper, though of a lesser grade than the first 100, and were not signed by Joyce. The final 750 copies were numbered 251-1,000, printed on the least expensive stock of paper, and like the previous limitation, were not signed by Joyce. The Modern Movement 42; Slocum & Cahoon A17.

Quarto. (A very few pages toned.) Original "Greek flag" blue printed wrappers, uncut (inscription on front free endpaper crossed out, backstrip restored, some darkening and light wear to covers, creasing to flaps). Green morocco gilt-ruled slipcase (sunned), silk chemise. Provenance: Janet Duranty (ownership incription) – H. Bradley Martin (his sale, Sotheby’s New York, 1 May 1990, lot 2966).
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