Paris: NRF - Gallimard, 1930. Nouvelle edition. Hardcover. g to vg. 1/3000. Large octavo (8 1/4 x 5 1/2"). , 870, pp. Original decorative dust-jacket over gilt-, green-, and black-stamped paper covered boards, with gold and black lettering to spine. Title page in red and black lettering. Joyce's novel is a pivotal work in the history of literature. The book is based on the structure of the "Odyssey," by Homer, whom Joyce deeply admired. In a series of episodes covering the course of a single day, 16 June 1904, the novel traces the movements of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus through the streets of Dublin. "Ulysses" has been the subject of controversy since copies of the first English edition were burned by the New York Post Office Authorities.*One of 3,000 unnumbered copies constituing NRF's third printing (October 1930).Some creasing, age-toning and sporadic soiling to dust-jacket. Pages evenly age-toned throughout. Text in French. DJ in overall good- to good, binding in good to very good, interior in good to good+ condition. * "Ulysses" was first serialized in the literary magazine "The Little Review" between 1918 and 1920, but it ran afoul of the censors. Joyce, then living in Paris, feared that he might not be able to publish the novel, but Sylvia Beach, of the famed Parisian bookshop 'Shakespeare & Company,' stepped forward, and on February 12, 1922 published the first edition of 1,000 copies, comprising 100 signed copies on Dutch handmade paper, 150 copies on vergé d'Arches paper, and 750 copies on handmade paper. All were bound in blue wrappers with white titles. The same year, The Egoist Press published the first UK edition from French sheets, with a second UK edition from French sheets following in 1923. Ulysses was not printed in the UK until 1936, when John Lane published a limited edition of 1,000 copies (100 of which were signed), followed shortly by a trade edition. "Ulysses" was prohibited from import into the US, and the first edition sold there was a piracy (based on the ninth Shakespeare & Company edition) produced by Adolphe and Rudolph Loewinger of New York in 1929. The first authorized American edition was published in 1934 by Random House after a landmark New York court case in which the novel was declared publishable under the right to freedom of speech.
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