1932, the first two volume Odyssey Press edition


James Joyce


The Odyssey Press, Hamburg, 1932

Printing Details

First edition thus. Paperback, two volumes (complete). Each 18 × 11cm, 792pp. This is the first 2 volume edition (it was preceded by a single volume hardback) and states "the present edition may be regarded as the definitive standard edition, as it has been specially revised, at the author's request, by Stuart Gilbert". The book also contains a printing history, with mention of the editions burned in New York and seized by customs at Folkestone.

James Joyce's astonishing masterpiece, Ulysses, tells of the diverse events which befall Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus in Dublin on 16 June 1904, during which Bloom's voluptuous wife, Molly, commits adultery.


Fair condition. The card covers are creased and marked with a little surface scuffing. The spines are tanned and the top of the spine to volume 2 is crushed. The joints are a little weak but everything is still attached. The contents are in good condition, with spotted foxing to the prelims in each volume and to the page edges but the main body of text in good order. The inner binding a little weakened in places but still holding well.



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