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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
London: Egoist Press,, 1916. Octavo. Original green cloth, recased with original spine laid down, titles in blind to front board and to spine gilt. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase. A little wear to top edge of rear cover, hinges repaired, short closed tear to head of pp. 117-20. A very good copy. First edition, English issue from American sheets. A rare presentation copy with the exceptionally early authorial inscription to the front free endpaper, "To Edmund Brauchbar James Joyce Zurich, Switzerland, 12/iii/[1]917". A superb association: Edmund Brauchbar formed a long-lasting friendship with Joyce and has been proposed as a partial model for Leopold Bloom. He was one of a number of assimilated Jews who became Joyce's patrons in Zurich by taking English lessons with him, and from whom in turn Joyce sought information about Judaism. In 1939 Joyce tried to get Brauchbar's cousin out of Nazi Europe into America, and there is evidence to suggest that the publisher Benjamin Huebsch, Brauchbar, and Joyce were all involved in a kind of underground operation to help several Jews escape to America, Ireland, and Australia. When in 1940 Joyce and his family were allowed entry to neutral Switzerland, part of the exorbitant financial guarantee demanded was deposited on his behalf by Brauchbar. Joyce's first novel was published in America by Huebsch from whom Harriet Shaw Weaver, the proprietor of the Egoist Press, purchased "not more than 750" sets of sheets, issuing them here a year before her own UK printing of 1917. From the library of writer, editor, and Joyce collector Alexander Neubauer, with his bookplate to the inside of the folding case.
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