JOYCE, James. Giacomo Joyce. New York, The Viking Press, 1968.
8vo. Quarter red cloth over grey boards, spine lettered in gilt; title sticker to upper board; housed in the original grey slipcase, title sticker to upper panel; pp. xx; 16; xxvii; with leaves of plates after the original manuscript and folding facsimile plates; light sunning to spine of cloth; light rubbing and sunning to slipcase; a few small marks to endpapers; near fine.
First edition. This short autobiographical piece provides an interesting insight into Joyce's early literary style, offering a glimpse into his early stages of writing development years before his epics Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. The text itself exemplifies Joyce's literary experimentations and interest in the stream-of-consciousness technique, which is later explored extensively in other texts, to discuss themes of love and desire.
Written in Trieste in 1914, this later publication includes an introduction by Richard Ellmann, exerpts taken from Joyce's textbooks, as well as facsimile plates from the notebook pages, four of which being full full-scale facsimile pages from the manuscript.