Lot 99: James Joyce Signed Book
Rare Autograph, Manuscripts & Book & Aviation Auction
October 27, 2016
Miami, FL, USA
Anna Livia Plurabelle. Limited edition, numbered 69/800. NY: Crosby Gaige, 1928. Hardcover, 4.75 x 7, 61 pages. Crisply signed on the colophon in fountain pen. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None. Accompanied by a 78 rpm record of Joyce reading the piece. The first version of Anna Livia Plurabelle was published in 1925 as a part of Joyce’s ‘Work in Progress,’ which evolved into his monumental 1939 work Finnegans Wake. This ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ section, which would appear as the eighth chapter in book one, is regarded as one of the most beautiful prose-poems in the English language and has earned the most critical praise of any portion of Finnegans Wake. An absolutely wonderful limited edition piece.
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