Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce
First Edition Published by The Viking Press, New York in 1939
Full Leather Custom Binding
Binding Details: Fine contemporary full morocco leather binding with raised bands to the spine with gilt lines, titles, and central motif to the panel, and the publication date in gold gilt. There is gilt ruling to the boards, marbled endpapers, and hand-sewn silk endbands. The page edges are gold gilted.
Book Details: This is the first edition of James Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake” published by The Viking Press, New York in 1939 and published simultaneously with the British and Limited Editions. Written in Paris over a period of seventeen years, and published in 1939, two years before the author's death, Finnegan’s Wake was Joyce's final work and has since come to assume a preeminent place in English literature, despite its numerous detractors. Anthony Burgess has lauded Finnegan’s Wake as "a great comic vision, one of the few books of the world that can make us laugh aloud on nearly every page." The prominent literary academic Harold Bloom has called it Joyce's masterpiece, and wrote that "[if] aesthetic merit were ever again to center the canon [Finnegan’s Wake] would be as close as our chaos could come to the heights of Shakespeare and Dante." In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Finnegan’s Wake 77th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
The book measures 9.75” x 6.25” x 1.75” with 628 pages.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with very superficial surface wear and some marks to the gold gilted page ends. Internally, the book is very clean with no marks or foxing. There are no bookplates or signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a full leather custom binding that houses the first edition of one of the great works of literature.
Photographs of the binding and marbled endpapers appear in the photo section of the listing.