Published by John Lane The Bodley Head, London; 1937. First Trade Edition. No dust jacket. Condition: FIne.
This is a very smart, Fine example of this first trade edition of the highly collectible novel by James Joyce. Other than some very mild bumping to the spine ends and corners and the occasional touch of rubbing, the green cloth binding is in clean, smart condition. It has the gold gilt Homeric bow to the front board, designed by Eric Gill, and gilt lettering to the spine.
Inside, the pages are clean and bright with some toning to the ffep, and just the slightest hint of it to other pages. Otherwise, it is a very clean, bright example of this first edition.
In all, this is a very collectible, smart first edition of this popular novel by James Joyce. It was preceded in the UK by the limited edition of 1000 copies, after which it had been banned in the UK for 14 years. This was an important text of the Modernist movement and has almost direct prallels to Homer’s ‘Odyssey’. It would sit well in any collection.