Landmark Books in All Fields
ItemID: #114406
Cost: $5,200.00

Anna Livia Plurabelle

James Joyce

"SEASHELL EBB MUSIC WAYRIVER SHE FLOWS": ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE, SIGNED BY JOYCE

JOYCE, James. Anna Livia Plurabelle. With a Preface by Padraic Colum. New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928. 12mo, original gilt-stamped brown cloth, top edge gilt, uncut. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $5200.

The first separate publication of the centerpiece and most beautiful segment of Finnegans Wake, number 67 of only 800 copies signed by Joyce, a lovely copy in original gilt-stamped cloth.

Responding to critics who accused him of writing off the cuff, Joyce claimed to have spent 1200 hours composing this integral part of his Work in Progress, later published as Finnegans Wake. He incorporated nearly 350 river names into the text and wrought perhaps the most lyrical of his published works. "He was prepared, he said, 'to stake everything' on this section of his book…" (Ellman, 598). Without scarce original glassine. Slocum & Cahoon 32.

A lovely, about-fine signed copy.

Main Office & Gallery: 1608 Walnut Street, 19th Floor .::. Philadelphia, PA 19103 .::. 215-546-6466 .::. fax 215-546-9064
web: www.baumanrarebooks.com .::. email: [email protected]