“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Item Number: 19058
New York: Huebsch, 1916.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. In excellent condition without the usual fade to the spine, light wear to the front panel, contemporary bookplate to the inside front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical novel by James Joyce, which describes the formative years of the life of Stephen Dedalus. It was published first in book format in 1916 by B. W. Huebsch, New York. The first British edition was published by the Egoist Press in February 1917. Chosen by Modern Library as one of 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.
Other Books by this Author
"Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home": First Edition of Ulysses; One of 750 Numbered Copies
Paris: Shakespeare & Company, 1922.
First edition. One of 750 numbered copies on handmade paper from a total edition of 1000 copies. Thick quarto, original blue and white wrappers. A near fine copy, internally fresh and largely unopened, the wrappers not significantly soiled or faded, and completely unrestored. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. This is copy #992, and has laid in the front panel of the original prospectus with the tipped-on reproduction of the 1918 photo of Joyce by C. Ruf. The front panel of the prospectus has been amended, as often, to indicate the book “is now ready,” and the original buyer must have jumped at the opportunity, as the order panel of the prospectus has been neatly cut away. Sisley Huddleston’s 5 March 1922 review from The Observer is also laid in (though both items are in prophylactic sleeves that have prevented any offsetting). Also laid into the slipcase is some correspondence relating to the sale of this copy in 1972 by Duschnes in New York City. A very sharp example with exceptional provenance.
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Cape Edition of James Joyces Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
London: Jonathan Cape, 1924.
The first Cape edition with reset type. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light reinforcement to the verso at spine tips and loss at foot of spine. With original extract notes laid in. Rare in the original dust jacket.
“Let us leave theories there and return to here's hear": Signed Limited Edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake
London: Faber & Faber, 1939.
First Signed limited edition. Octavo, original red cloth, titles to spine in gilt, top edge gilt, original publisher’s yellow cloth slipcase. One of 425 numbered copies, this being number 251 signed by James Joyce on the limitation page. In fine condition, with the publishers slipcase. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"The Most Important Work of Modern Times": One of the Earliest Presentation Copies of James Joyce's Ulysses; Inscribed by Joyce to Lewis Galantiere
Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922.
First edition, one of 750 numbered copies, this example is number 282. Quarto, original blue wrappers as issued. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Lewis Galantiere James Joyce Paris 11 February 1922.” Ulysses was scheduled for publication on Joyce‘s fortieth birthday (February 2, 1922), but only two copies were ready on that date due to technical difficulties in printing the cover, the color of which Joyce wanted to match with the blue of the Greek flag. One of these was the copy delivered by Sylvia Beach to Joyce on February 2, which he then inscribed to his wife Nora, being the only known presentation copy to predate Galantiere’s. The present copy in turn predates by two days the three copies presented to Sylvia Beach, Harriet Shaw Weaver and Margaret Anderson, and by three days the copy inscribed to Robert McAlmon, who helped Joyce prepare the final typescript. Galantiere was an American translator of French literature, writer, playwright and journalist. From 1920 to 1927 he was secretary of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, and came to know most of the literary figures of the day, including Hemingway. In a letter to Harriet Weaver of 17 April 1926, Joyce writes: “I am to read [from Finnegans Wake] … to a small group, this time including … a young American Galantiere who is preparing a course of lectures of Ulysses” (Joyce Letters vol 3, p 140). Slocum & Cahoon A17; Connolly The Modern Movement 42. In excellent condition with light rubbing, rebacked without the folding flaps. With Galantiere’s marginal markings in pencil and in ink. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. An exceptional rarity of this twentieth century milestone.
London: Random House, 1934.
First American edition. Octavo, original white cloth. Fine in a near fine first state dust jacket with a small closed tear to the back panel and one spot to the spine. A very nice example of this dust jacket which is prone to tanning.
First Edition of Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace; Inscribed by W.E.B. DuBois to His Wife Shirley
New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1945.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his wife Shirley Graham Du Bois, “For Shirley WEBD.”From the library of Shirley Graham DuBois. Ms. DuBois was an American award-winning author, playwright, composer, and activist, and wife of W.E.B. Du Bois, whom she married in 1951. W.E.B. DuBois is the author of The Souls of Black Folk, a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. An outstanding association, linking these two great writers and activists of the twentieth century . Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some toning the spine and a few small chips.
“In the University library he wandered through the stacks, among the thousands of books, inhaling the musty odor of leather, cloth, and drying page as if it were an exotic incense": First Edition of Stoner; Inscribed by John Williams
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author, “Happy Birthday to Jason from Sheila and the author- John Williams.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some toning to the spine and a few small closed tears. Dust jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Examples of Stoner are uncommon signed and inscribed.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference": First Edition of Reinhold Niebur's Discerning the Signs of the Times; Inscribed by Him
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To ____ _______ with gratitude and high respect for a great teacher Reinhold Niebuhr.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a small closed tear to the front panel. Books signed and inscribed by Niebuhr are rare.
“No one in the world gets what they want and that is beautiful": First Edition of Ready Player One; Signed by Ernest Cline
New York: Crown Publishers, 2011.
First edition of the Cline’s first novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Ernest Cline on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Christopher Brand.