Oct 10, 2019 - Sale 2519

Sale 2519 - Lot 305

Price Realized: $ 7,250
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Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
JOYCE, JAMES. Two Tales of Shem and Shaun, Fragments from Work in Progress. 8vo, publisher's pale green cloth, scattered stains, dent to fore-edges, front joint partly split, spine tanned and chipped at head and foot with loss of two title letters; dust jacket, flap folds rubbed, top edges with short closed tears and creasing, verso foxed; custom 1/4 morocco slipcase and cloth chemise. London: Faber and Faber, (1932)

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first english edition, excellent literary association copy, inscribed three days after publication to his publisher: "To Eugene and Maria Jolas / James Joyce / Paris / 4.12.[1]932" in black ink on front free endpaper. "It was decided that the Jolases would publish the book [Finnegans Wake] serially in transition, beginning with the beginning of the book, and including in revised form the fragments ... first english edition, excellent literary association copy, inscribed three days after publication to his publisher: "To Eugene and Maria Jolas / James Joyce / Paris / 4.12.[1]932" in black ink on front free endpaper. "It was decided that the Jolases would publish the book [Finnegans Wake] serially in transition, beginning with the beginning of the book, and including in revised form the fragments published at random during the last several years [...] Joyce was highly content to have this outlet for his work, and transition also published essays about him so that it was a continuing advocacy" (Ellman, p. 589, 1983). Slocum & Cahoon 37.