Monday 26 February 2018

€25k first edition price tag

Danielle Stephens

AN original first edition copy of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' is expected to fetch up to €25,000 at an auction in London later this week.

The book, which has a pencil signature of its owner Peter Mrosovsky on one of its pages, was smuggled out of Paris in 1922.

On two occasions, writer Vladimir Nabokov recalled having passages of this copy read to him by Mrosovsky while at Trinity College Dublin.

Simon Roberts of Bonhams auction house, where the book will be sold, explained why any work produced by Joyce is so important. "Many would consider him one of the greatest literary figures; any editions written by him are strongly fought over," he said. He added that Nabokov was strongly influenced by Joyce in his teachings, and the novelist considered 'Ulysses' to be one of the three most important books of all time. "Such a strong link between two writers, like Joyce and Nabokov, is always important for buyers," he added.

The book is one of 150 large copies of the first edition, and it will be available to purchase at Bonhams tomorrow, June 18, at 1pm.

Irish Independent

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