“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
"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: For the Egoist Press by John Rodker, 1922.
The first English edition of Joyce’s masterpiece. Quarto, original printed wrappers. One of 2000 numbered copies. This edition was printed by Darantiere from the first edition plates as soon as that edition was exhausted. It was printed for Joyce’s patron Harriet Weaver, who was unable to find a printer in England, and distributed mainly by Rodker and Ezra Pound, working from Paris. According to Slocum & Cahoon, of the 2000 copies of Ulysses from the first edition plates, approximately 500 were sent to America and subsequently burned by government censorship authorities. A very good unrestored example. Housed in a custom morocco clamshell and chemise box.
"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 example, 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.
“ONE OF THE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY”: SECOND EDITION OF VON NEUMANN & MORGENSTERN'S THEORY OF GAMES AND ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947.
Second edition of the author’s groundbreaking work on game theory. Octavo, original cloth. Light red pencil marginalia in the text, very good.
New York: Liveright, 2012.
First edition of “this monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition” (James D. Watson). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
New York: Basis Books, 2002.
First edition of this widely acclaimed biographical essay on George Orwell. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rich Pracher.