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Publishers' Original Binding, Uncommon
Published two years after the first edition, this is the fifth printing overall of Joyce's magnum opus, and the third from Shakespeare and company.
Joyce's novel chronicles the appointments and encounters of the itinerant Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, on the 16 June 1904, mirroring Homer's 'Odyssey', and termed 'a divine work of art' by Nabokov.
Four pages of errata appear to the rear of this volume. These identify corrections to errors that had appeared in earlier editions, including some corrections that had not been made to the fourth printing, produced earlier in the same year. This errata, therefore, offers unique insight into Joyce's creative process and textual revisions.
A smart copy of this important early printing of Joyce's major work of modernist literature.
In the publisher's original paper wraps. Externally, bright. Wraps detached from text block at back strip. Light edge wear and handling marks to wrap perimeters, with a discrete tape repair to the tail of the front joint. Small burn mark to fore edge of text block at first twenty-two leaves, not disrupting the text. Internally, binding lightly strained throughout, and tender between pages 352 and 353. Pages age toned due to paper type, with instances of light spotting throughout.
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