New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928. First printing. Hardcover. Signed by Joyce, limited to 800 copies. Preface by Padraic Colum. First appearance in book form of the character Anna Livia Plurabelle, from the work in progress that would become "Finnegans Wake". A very nice copy, cloth and gilt bright, with a hint of rubbing at spine tips & corners,
"When it was first published, Joyce’s Anna Livia Plurabelle was derided as the musings of a shipwrecked mind. Ninety years on, this section of Finnegans Wake offers a late example of his great, radical vision... Anna is both woman and river and “her fluvial maids of honour”, from all corners of the world, constitute 350 river names... Anna is more Celtic geisha than traditional wife.... We do not get inside her mind or know the registers of her disenchantments as she passes from youth to age, except for a rare and piercing lamentation – “Is there one who understands me?” Probably not, with the exception of Joyce. Anna is his signature in his last lonely and embattled months, a time of mounting hostility towards Finnegans Wake; a daughter, Lucia, his inspiritrice, committed to an asylum; walking in the snow in Zurich with his little grandson, his eyes hidden with thick, dark glasses, entrenched in that same darkness that he had, in high-hearted youth, pitied in his hero Ibsen. It was January 1941, Europe in the throes of war and Joyce, “his heart’s adrone”, unknowingly on the brink of death." (Edna O'Brien, 27 Jan 2017, the Guardian, com/books/2017/jan/27/edna-obrien-how-james-joyces-anna-livia-plurabelle-shook-the-literary-world) Finnegans Wake was not published in book form until 1939. Slocum & Cahoon A 32.
16mo, 61pp. Publishers brown cloth with gilt title and design. A very good copy. Item #26961