June 5, 2009
Yes, yes, oh yes: That's a lot of money
by Dennis Johnson
An “astonishingly well-preserved” first edition of James Joyce‘s Ulysses — number 45 of the first hundred printed, signed by Joyce himself — was sold yesterday at auction in London for Â£275,000, “the highest price recorded for a 20th-century first edition,” according to a Guardian report by Mark Brown. Fun fact to know and tell: The Guardian reports it was “unopened” — presumably meaning the pages were uncut — save for the “more salacious bits” near the end.
Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him at @mobylives