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JOYCE, James.
Chamber Music.
London: Elkin Mathews, 1907. Small octavo. Original green cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. With the original glassine. Housed in green morocco slipcase and chemise. Glassine chipped. Very light foxing to edges and contents, still a near-fine copy, the cloth clean, bright, and fresh. Illustrated title page. First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding, presentation copy with Joyce's inscribed card inserted. The inscription reads: "Dear Mr Simson, As you were kind enough to write me often about my book." Theodore Spicer-Simson was an American medallist, painter, sculptor and illustrator. Born in Le Havre, he first met Joyce in Paris in 1903. Two letters to him from Joyce are printed in Ellmann's edition of the Letters. The first was written in 1910 when Joyce was correcting the proofs of Dubliners, apologising for not being able to attend an evening in honour of Laurence Sterne. The second was in 1922 in reply to Spicer-Simson's request for a sitting for a medallion to be reproduced in his Men of Letters of the British Isles, New York 1924. On 8 June 1910, Joyce wrote to Simson, apologising for missing him on a brief trip to Paris, adding: "I enclose some extracts of press reviews of a book of my verses which came out in London some three years ago. I regret that it is so incomplete as I forgot to have the later ones added." The enclosure was the leaflet "Press Notices of Chamber Music", which Joyce had printed in Trieste in spring 1910. It is a reasonable assumption that this prompted Simson to ask where he might procure a copy of Joyce's poetry, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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