A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1916. First Edition. Pp, 299. Original dark blue cloth, title blind embossed on front cover, and gilt stamped on spine. Minor rubbing to head of spine, otherwise a near fine copy. Housed in cloth clamshell box. Joyce’s first novel was published in America by Huebsch in December 1916. A Portrait of the Artist is among Joyce's most important works, and therefore, by definition, one of the most significant books in modern literature. 'The Portrait can be read as either an autobiography or a novel. A landmark in sensibility, the prose moves forward in complexity from the child's sensations at the beginning to the adolescent subtleties at the end.' [Connolly: The Modern Movement] [Slocum 11].