[New York]: The Limited Editions Club, [1986]. Ballagh, Robert. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1000, quarto size, 307 pp., signed by Robert Ballagh and Thomas Flanagan, with LEC Monthly Letter. Near fine. Item #171031127

Although James Joyce's (1882-1941) works were often met with resistance when they first appeared in print (most famously in the obscenity trial of "Ulysses"), he is now regarded as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, and his works, with their innovative language, modernist forms, and social frankness, have been a substantial influence on numerous writers since their publications. This collection of vignettes is a penetrating analysis of the stagnation and paralysis of Dublin society; Joyce’s intention in writing "Dubliners" was to write a chapter of the moral history of his country, and he chose Dublin for the scene because "if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities in the world. In the particular is contained the universal" (per the LEC Monthly Letter).

This publication by the Limited Editions Club includes photogravures printed from photographs by Irish artist Robert Ballagh (b. 1943), showing dark and lonely streets of Dublin, and an introduction by Thomas Flanagan (1923-2002), a professor at University of California, Berkeley, specialising in Irish literature; Flanagan provides a thoughtful analysis of the stories of "Dubliners".

___DESCRIPTION: Hand-sewn and bound at the Jovonis Bookbindery in quarter dark-green leather with beige linen boards, gilt lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, frontispiece a photogravure by Robert Ballagh, with tissue guard, black-and-white photogravure plates by Ballagh throughout; Monotype Scotch, mouldmade paper by Wild Carrot Letterpress, quarto size (11.25" by 9"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xviii [xix-xxiii] [1-2] 3-289 [290-295], one of 1000 copies, this number 351, signed by photographer Robert Ballagh and author of introduction Thomas Flanagan on the colophon. Loosely laid in is the Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter, one sheet folded once. In a slipcase covered in beige cloth and lined in dark green suede.

___CONDITION: Near fine; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; spine is sunned and there are some small specks of soiling to the rear board, else fine. The LEC letter is fine, clean and without wear, with only the original mailing fold. The slipcase is also fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear. Lacking the glassine dust wrapper.

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Price: $350.00