Tales Told of Shem and Shaun. Limited Signed Edition (1929)

Author: James Joyce

Book ID: 60825

Price: 5,950.00

Tales Told of Shem and Shaun. New York: The Black Sun Press, 1929.  Bound in Japan Vellum wrappers with dust jacket of handmade paper printed in red & black. Mild toning to wrappers, contents in fine condition. Housed in custom made solander box.

Number 81 of 100 on Japan Vellum. Signed by James Joyce on half-title. With a “portrait” line drawing by C. Brancusi.


When Brancusi’s celebrated abstract portrait of Joyce was shown to John Joyce back in Dublin, he remarked of his son’s likeness: ‘The boy seems to have changed a good deal.’

This sole example of the sculptor Brancusi’s graphic contribution to a book is as important for the reproduction of his drawing as for the publication of Joyce’s fragments from his not-yet-completed masterpiece ‘Finnegans Wake. ‘ [Slocum & Cahoon A36].

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