Paris/New York: Henry Babou and Jack Kahane/The Fountain Press, 1930. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's cream self wraps, original attached cream dust jacket lettered in green and black, uncut. Housed in a custom red cloth slipcase.
"I am known throughout the world wherever my good Allenglisches Angleslachsen is spoken,...by saints and sinners eyeeye alike..." lFirst edition of the third fragment from James Joyce’s Work In Progress. The title (or anti-title) of the book, which Joyce began working on shortly after Ulysses was published in 1922, got its title from Ford Madox Ford, who published the first installment of the new work in a special supplement for his literary magazine Transatlantic Review. Additional fragments were subsequently issued in a variety of formats by different publishers, including Haveth Childers Everywhere, produced in Paris by Obelisk Press founder Jack Kahane and editor Henry Babou in April of 1930, and distributed in the US by The Fountain Press. Joyce retained Work In Progress as the title until his manuscript of dreamlike vignettes was published in its entirety as the notoriously challenging Finnegans Wake in 1939. Number 190 of 500 copies printed on handmade Vidalon Royal linen paper, from a total limitation of 685. Lacking original glassine and slipcase. Some marginal dampstaining to preliminary leaves. Some soiling, chipping and edgewear to attached dust jacket, with portions of the interior flaps detached and laid in. Very good. Housed in a custom slipcase (residue from label removal to lower panel). Item #5826