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New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 194 x 127 mm (7 5/8 x 5"). 2 p.l., 299, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's blue cloth, blindstamped title on front cover, flat spine with gilt titling. Front pastedown with bookplates of John Kobler and of "Porcaro." Slocum & Cahoon A-11. Very slight chafing to joints and extremities, spine ends just a little curled, otherwise A FINE COPY, the binding especially clean, the spine gilt very bright, and the text virtually pristine. This is an extremely appealing copy of the original printing in book form of Joyce's first novel, a coming-of-age story in which we encounter Stephen Dedalus, one of the century's great characters, later to play a starring role in "Ulysses." Day calls Joyce's autobiographical narrative "the definitive presentation of the 20th century artist in rebellion, breaking from his matrix and becoming himself. Art is a spiritual exaltation, requiring such unstinted devotion that lesser claims must be wholly brushed aside. The artist is presented as the supreme hero, and he is the outsider." The work was first serialized in the "Egoist," and caused such controversy that no English publisher would touch the novel; thus, it was first printed in the United States. While it is not terribly difficult to find first editions of "Portrait," copies as nice as this one are uncommon.
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