“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question": First Cape Edition of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.


Item Number: 43047

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.

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.

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