On December 1, 1997, I sent an e-mail to many booksellers in New England and the eastern United States, alerting them that a copy of the first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses had been stolen from my bookstore. That was 19 years ago, and the book is still missing. Here are the details:
Joyce, James: Ulysses. Paris, Shakespeare & Co, 1922, first edition, #543/1000 copies of the issue not signed by Joyce. The book had recently been recased in quarter blue morocco and blue cloth, matching the original blue wrappers, which, in fine condition, are bound in. A matching clamshell box, which was left behind, is still in my possession. A police report was filed at the time. I mention this 19 years later with the thought that the thief, who presumably has been in possession on the book for nearly two decades might at some point wish to sell it.
Barbara Farnsworth, Bookseller, ABAA/ILAB