Finnegans Wake. First Edition (1939)
Book ID: 66754
Finnegans Wake. London: Faber, 1939. First Edition. Pp, 628, uncut. Large 8vo. Recently bound in full crimson morocco boards, covers with edges ruled in gilt, spine in compartments with raised bands & gilt lettering. Ownership name to half-title page otherwise a fine copy beautifully bound.
Joyce began work on the book immediately after completing ‘Ulysses’ writing the first pages on 11th March 1923. Portions of the text first appeared in the literary periodical ‘Transition’ as Work In Progress and several extracts were published by Faber & Faber in the 1930’s.
The full text of ‘Finnegans Wake’ was issued simultaneously in London and New York on 4th May 1939.
[Slocum and Cahoon A47]