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TALES TOLD OF SHEM AND SHAUN Three Fragments from Work in Progress
Paris: Black Sun Press, 1929. 1st Edition . Soft cover. Near Fine/Very Good. NEAR FINE SIGNED FIRST EDITION LIMITED 58/100 ON JAPANESE VELLUM IN ORIGINAL WRAPPER AND SLIPCASE. White paper covers with folding top and side flaps. Front cover printed in red and black. Spine vertically lettered Fragments...Joyce...1929. Author's signature to half-title. Portrait of author with tissue guard. Tight clean and square. Tight binding: tight joints and hinges. Straight spine. Sharp corners. Cream Japanese vellum remarkably clean and unmarred with no bookplate, writing, marks, tears or folds; no loose pages. Appears unread. Clean page block sides. Clean endpapers. Back cover with publisher's emblem in center. VERY GOOD glassine wrapper protects covers. GOOD+ cardboard slipcase, covered with green suede paper, edged with silver paper tape. 1929 stated. 8vo (8 1/4 in. x 6 1/2 in.); [14] xvi 64 pp. Black Sun Press secured the aim of all private presses, to publish an except from Work in Progress, i.e. the draft of Finnegans Wake, Joyce's seventeen-year final masterpiece. Etched author portrait by Brancusi, an important artist who did little graphic work, conveys the author's enigmatic involution. (James Joyce by Ellmann p. 614) A portrait as abstract as the author's text. (The Artist & The Book 32). Preface by linguist C.K. Ogden. Three short fables: The Mookse and the Gripes (Finnegans Wake 152-9); The Muddest Thick That Was Ever Heard Dump (Finnegans Wake 282-304); and The Ondt and the Gracehoper (Finnegans Wake 414-19). Colophon: This first edition . . . is limited to 100 copies on Japanese Vellum signed by the author, 500 copies on Holland Van Gelder Zonen and 50 copies Hors Commerce. (Slocum & Cahoon A36) Near fine book: spine ends with light wear; front and rear blank with subtle erasure. Very good wrapper: small edge tears. Good+ sturdy slipcase: narrow 1 in. lacking; edge tears; small area residue. Near perfect signed first edition limited 1/100 on Japanese vellum by James Joyce in well-preserved original wrapper and slipcase.
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