Chamber Music. London: Elkin Mathews, 1907. First Edition. Thin 12mo, original green cloth, gilt lettered on front cover & spine. Neat gift inscription & date (Christmas 1907) to front free endpaper. A fine bright copy. Third variant, with the endpapers of thin woven transparent end-papers and signature 'C' poorly centred. 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.
Typed card laid in, ‘With compliments of Mr. James Joyce.’ Provenance: From the collection of Thomas Pugh, Joyce’s friend a Dubliner who was also blind in one eye and who visited the author regularly in his Paris apartment, joining the plethora of friends who would read aloud to him.