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JOYCE, James. Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1925. Square octavo, original blue paper wrappers, uncut. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box.

Seventh Shakespeare and Company printing of Ulysses, issued just three years after the first, the last Shakespeare and Company edition before the text was entirely reset, in the iconic original blue paper wrappers.

"Universally hailed as the most influential work of modern times" (Grolier Joyce 69). After working for seven years on Ulysses, Joyce, desperate to find a publisher, turned to Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company in Paris. "Within a month of the publication, the first printing of Ulysses was practically sold out, and within a year Joyce had become a well-known literary figure. Ulysses was explosive in its impact on the literary world of 1922… Then began the great game of smuggling the edition into countries where it was forbidden, especially England and the United States. The contraband article was transported across the seas and national borders in all sorts of cunning ways…" (de Grazia, 27).

Interior fine, blue paper wrappers very bright with a few short closed tears, one slim split along front seam of spine.

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