Sunday 21 January 2018

Joyce family's wartime passport fetches €70,000

Allison Bray

THE passport of James Joyce and his family issued when he wrote his masterpiece 'Ulysses' was sold for close to €70,000 yesterday.

The wartime passport, which documents the writer's movements around Europe following the outbreak of World War One, sold to a mystery collector for £61,250 (€69,920) at Sotheby's in London.

The passport was issued in Zurich on August 10, 1915, by the British consulate.

A separate picture of his then 29-year-old partner Nora Barnacle and the couple's two children George and Lucia are also shown.

Interestingly, Nora Barnacle was listed on his passport as his wife "Nora Joyce", even though she was in fact his common-law lover at the time. The two finally married in 1931.

Irish Independent

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