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James Joyce Signed Book Ulysses

Signed book: Ulysses. First edition, fourth printing. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1924. Hardcover, 6.75 x 8, 736 pages. Neatly signed and inscribed on the first free end page in crisp black ink, “To Edward Irvine Halliday, James Joyce, Paris, 31. iii. 924.” Autographic condition: uniform fragile toning, a few small edge chips, and an inch-long tear to the upper left edge near the spine (in no way affecting the inscription or signature), otherwise fine. Book condition: VG-/None. Edward Irvine Halliday (1902–1984) was a painter and student at the Royal College of Art, attending classes on a travel scholarship at the Academie Colarossi in Paris when Joyce inscribed this copy of Ulysses for him. He was highly regarded for his portraits, portraying many members of the British royal family and foreign dignitaries. As an extremely rare early edition of this iconic work inscribed to a portrait artist as a young man, this is an immensely desirable cornerstone piece.

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in James Joyce


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James Joyce extremely rare signed 1919 portrait

Extremely rare vintage matte-finish 3.25 x 5.25 postcard photo of Joyce resting his head upon his right arm and looking straight into the camera, signed in the lower border in black ink, “With compliments, James Joyce, 6/1/[1]919.” In very good to fine condition, with a crease to the right side of the photo, moderate silvering to dark areas of the image, and slight irregular adhesion to signature. During the period of this photo, Joyce was in the middle of writing Ulysses—doubtlessly one of the most influential works of the 20th century—which was at the same time being serialized in The Little Review. Joyce is ultra-rare in signed photos, this being the only one we have offered in 30 years. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in James Joyce


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