Thursday, June 11, 2009
Ulysses Goes for Record Price at Auction
The Guardian reports that “a fabulously rare first edition” of James Joyce’s Ulysses sold at auction in London for £275,000 (US$443,946), "the highest price recorded for a 20th-century first edition." The book is number 45 of the first 100 published copies, all of which were signed by Joyce and printed on fine Dutch handmade paper. This particular copy is an "astonishingly well-preserved and previously lost edition of the book, bought surreptitiously in a Manhattan bookshop despite it being banned in the U.S."