Copy No. 1 - Signed by Joyce
Joyce (James). Ulysses. John Lane, L. 1936, First UK Edition printed in UK, No.1 of 100 copies bound in full calf vellum and signed by the author, from a total edition of 1000, quarto vellum gilt with Homeric bow (by Eric Gill) on upper and lower covers, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. Very slight foxing/marking to signature page, a few marks to spine. In the original slipcase designed by Eric Gill with orig. numbered label, the slipcase a little worn at corners and edges but firm and strong.
Some damage affecting top half-inch of spine vellum above the title. There is no loss of lettering, affecting its appearance. In our judgement the damage is professionally repairable, and the estimate. We have not previously seen an intact copy of the Eric Gill slipcase, which is strongly made but vulnerable owing to the weight of the volume.
One can imagine Joyce’s feelings of pride and joy as he signed this, the very first copy of his great work printed in England. [Slocum & Cahoon 23.]
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