This is copy No. 419 of the 1936 Bodley Head publication, limited to 1000 copies, the first UK printing, of James Joyce’s classic novel, Ulysses (765 numbered pages). There was a 1922 Paris printing, by Rodker, for the Egoist Press and the London market, following which the book was banned in the UK for 14 years.
This work, considered by many to be the capo lavoro of twentieth century english language fiction, is a modern re-vision of Homer’s Odyssey, bracketed by the events and ruminations of a single day, June 16, 1904, as experienced by the Dubliners Leopold Bloom (Ulysses), Stephen Daedulus (Telemachus), Molly Bloom (Penelope), among others.
The cover (app. 10.25″ x 8″), green buckram background with gold lettering and harp, is in very good overall condition, with surface scuffs but no prominent stains, sun fade to part of the background, but with the gilt lettering and art unfaded.
There are no tears or notable creases. The spine is straight and securely attached. The inside is near fine. The only writing is a brief gift inscription, dated 1944, to the top of the front inside cover. There are no stamps or other attachments. There is light foxing to the front end pages, but almost no other foxing, and no other stains, throughout the book. There are no page tears or creases. The binding is tight, with no loose or missing pages.
The accompanying photos are accurate reflections of the book conditions.
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