Chamber Music. First Edition (1907)
Book ID: 64843
Chamber Music. London: Elkin Mathews, 1907. First Edition. Thin 12mo. Publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettered on front cover & spine. Title printed within pictorial border. Light shelf wear to covers, contents in fine bright condition. Housed in collector’s clamshell box.
Third variant, with the endpapers of thin woven transparent end-papers and signature “C” poorly centered.
Joyce’s first book, one of only 509 copies printed December of 1907.
Yeats introduced Joyce to Arthur Symons, who “was responsible for the publication of Chamber Music and for much of the praise it received” (Slocum and Cahoon, p. 6). Joyce never received any royalties for the book. Unlike his later work, the poems in Chamber Music were written in a straightforward, romantic style that presents a striking and endearing contrast to the complexities of his later novels.