New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1991. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, blue endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Joyce was so little a visual writer that he created characters one can hardly see, though one can hear them vividly enough. None of his main characters are described: They are voices, though not embodied ones...Perhaps this lack of visibility has impelled the visual recorders to fill up an apparent emptiness.” (from Anthony Burgess’s introduction). First edition of this collection of photos and art devoted to James Joyce. Although as the late Anthony Burgess states in his semi-biographical introduction Joyce was not one for visuals, photographers understandably loved the literary great’s mesmeric modern image (his arsenal of eye patches and wire-rimmed glasses certainly helped). In the spirit of this discordance, groundbreaking graphic designer and Joycean Bob Cato compiled this celebratory collection which presents Joyce in all his many incarnations. Thoroughly illustrated throughout in black-and-white with facsimiles of Joyce’s doodles and writings, several photographs of the author with additional images including his father, his wife Nora, their children, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Beach, and others, and drawings by various artists including Brancusi, David Levine, Man Ray, and Berenice Abbott. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #2688