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  • Ulysses First English Edition (1936) priced £15,000 is a must-see for investors
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    Will Davison
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Ulysses First English Edition (1936) priced £15,000 is a must-see for investors

A rare First English Edition (1936) of one of the greatest works of 20th century literature will feature in Bonhams' Printed Books, Maps and Manuscripts auction in London, on June 8.

Ulysses is considered the Dublin-born writer James Joyce's masterpiece, and is today regarded as one of the most definitive examples of Modernist Literature.

Ulysses was first published on
Joyce's 40th birthday

Bonhams' June 8 sale will offer a rare first English edition of Ulysses for sale, numbered 75 out of 100 specially bound copies on mould-made paper, signed by Joyce himself.

As with the initial Paris edition, 1,000 copies of the English Ulysses were originally produced, including these bound editions with a historic bow cover design by Eric Gill.

Dated to 1936 and billed as "a very good copy", the rare Ulysses is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

However, as a signed copy it could sell for considerably more: a Ulysses (1922) First Edition signed by Joyce set a World Record when it sold for £460,000 at Christie's New York in 2002.

Signed by Joyce and numbered 75/100, this specially-bound edition
features a 'historic bow' cover design by Eric Gill

Elsewhere, non-signed editions of the book have realised prices of £30,000 and £95,000 on the auction block, depending on their provenance.

One thing's for sure, Bonhams' sale of the book - ranked first on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century - is one to watch for collectors and investors alike.


  • Post author
    Will Davison
  • EditionEnglishFirstUlysses