'Ulysses' by James Joyce (1922)

'Ulysses' by James Joyce (1922)

This is the first English edition of 'Ulysses' by James Joyce. Published by the Egoist press in 1922, mere months after the first printing. This edition was limited to 2000, 500 of which were burned by U.S port authorities.


The book has been fully bound in dark blue Chieftain goatskin and foil blocked in cream to the front and spine, with five 'blind' tooled raised bands. The top edge of the book has been hand gilded, leaving the other two edges deckled as original. The original paper covers have been bound into the front and back pages of the book.


The book comes in a half bound leather solander box using the same hand marbled paper as for the book endpapers.


This is a limited edition of 2000 copies on handmade paper. A longtime Joyce supporter, Harriet Weaver was determined to bring out her own edition of Ulysses. A socialist, she believed that her inheritance, "tainted by usury, was hers in trust", and signed a sizeable chunk of her inheritance over to Joyce. She sent Joyce a £200 advance for an English edition, which was published for the Egoist Press by John Rodker of Paris, and printed by Maurice Darentiere from the same plates as the first edition. Rodker laid in eight pages of errata listing over 200 typographical errors. Rodker's edition includes the statement "first published by Shakespeare and Company, Paris:  February 1922. Published by the Egoist Press, London: October 1922... The publishers apologise for typographical errors a list of which is appended".


The English edition was plagued by censorship difficulties. 500 copies were originally sent to America, but were reportedly seized or burned by U.S government authorities. John Rodker produced a January 1923 run to replace the missing copies, with the limitation notice "This edition of 500 copies is specially reprinted to replace those destroyed in transit to the USA". All but three replacements were burned by English customs authorites at Folkestone.


The huge 732 page, 2 1/4 lb Ulysses was initially issued in fragile blue paper wrappers and mailed to subscribers worldwide. This English softbound version in blue wrappers is identical to the first edition format. It is quite rare for this format to survive intact, as the flimsy covers do not adequately support the volume's mass, quickly disbinding and falling away from the fragile cords.


This copy is in excellent condition throughout and has been restrengthened with glue, linen and a made hollow.