(New York: Joyce Memorial Fund, 1941). 305 x 229 mm. (12 x 9").  leaves. FIRST EDITION. No. 37 OF 100 COPIES SIGNED by the editors and illustrator (and 700 unsigned copies).
Original blue-gray paper boards, facsimile of Joyce's signature on upper cover, flat spine. Frontispiece portrait of Joyce by Jo Davidson. With three pages of facsimile manuscript. Laid in at rear: an article from the 28 September 1961 edition of "The Listener" entitled "James Joyce: A First Impression" by James Stern. Slocum & Cahoon A-50. Half the length of each joint with thin crack, faint offsetting (from newspaper article?) to title page and frontispiece, otherwise especially clean and fresh inside and out.
Produced as a memorial to Joyce and to raise funds for his family, this work contains two manuscript facsimiles: a Thanksgiving anecdote turned into a poem by Joyce, with an explanation by his friend Maria Jolas, and Joyce's scansion of Thomas Moore's poem "At the Mid Hour of the Night," with comments by Padraic Colum. With her husband Eugene, Maria Jolas (1893-1987) founded the avant-garde journal "Transition," where "Finnegans Wake" was first published as a series of "Works in Progress." She also corrected the proofs of Joyce's final novel, which must have been a daunting task. Irish writer Colum (1881-1972) was a leading figure in the Celtic Revival. The colophon indicates that our special version limited to 100 was sold originally for $5, five times the cost of an unsigned copy. (CAH1222)
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PJP Catalog: 67.216