James JOYCE.

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James JOYCE.
Ulysses. Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922.
In-4: paperback, blue paper cover printed in white on the front cover.
In hardback case and folder.
Original edition.
Limited edition of 1,000 copies: one of 750 on "handmade paper" (no. 276).
A fine copy preserved as issued.
As always, the cover is a little worn with small damages to the headpieces.
From the library of Dr. Lucien-Graux, with ex-libris (cat. IX, 1959, nº 137).
Attached are 16 pages of proofs corrected by James Joyce of the first chapter of the novel, "Telemachus": this is a booklet from one of the last sets of proofs printed in the Darantiere workshops in September 1921.
From the first proof sheets, printed in June 1921, to the final corrections on this part of the work made by Joyce on September 26, 1921, Joyce's multiple additions required the printing of more than five sets of proofs. The pages numbered here 33 to 48 correspond to pages 30 to 47 of the original edition. The changes in black ink by Joyce's hand total 24 additions and 6 corrections, all of which are included in the definitive version.
Some of the additions represent several lines of text, others are limited to one or more words.
Tear at the head without paper loss.
"For James Joyce, completion of the fi rst fair copy was just a good beginning. After fi nishing the basic version of an episode or chapter, he adopted what may be called an accretive method of composition. Each successive version became a new foundation on which to erect additional superstructure. The virgin margin of copybooks, typescript pages, and proofsheets were irresistible invitations to violation. Little was changed, still less was deleted ; additions, usually fl owering from seeds in his rough notes, fi lled those margins. Close inspection of this accretive process in any one episode, particularly in the later, more complex work, can be eminently rewarding. We may see not only how Joyce worked, but, far more important, why he worked as he did" (Richard E. Madtes, "Joyce and the Building of
Ithaca", in ELH, vol. 34, no. 4, 1964).
Scholars now estimate that nearly a third of the text of Ulysses was composed on proofs.
(See Luca Crispi's chronology "Manuscript Timeline 1905-1922" in Genetic Joyce Studies, 2004.)
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