[ModLib] Joyce, Dubliners "defintive text" 1969

Roger Lathbury lathbury at gmu.edu
Tue Feb 15 10:54:24 EST 2011

I bet the taller edition was published later--at least that is my sense of the business. Irt makes no sense that _Dubliners_ would be an exception.

My copy of _Dubliners_ has the Fujita "ml" pattern on the endpapers, not the plain ones.

Weren't the taller editions perfect bound?

Fujita died late last year, by the way.



----- Original Message -----
From: Gordon Barrick Neavill <neavill at wayne.edu>
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:56 am
Subject: Re: [ModLib] Joyce, Dubliners "defintive text" 1969

> Roger,
> Thanks very much for your information! This is very helpful and 
> suggests that the 7 1/4" format may have published before the 7 
> 1/2", though the ISBN on a late 7 1/4" jacket indicates that the 
> last one or two printings were in this format as well. The titles 
> listed on the back panel of the jacket are the same throughout all 
> printings of the 1969 corrected text.
> Could you let me know whether your copy as the colored endpaper 
> with Fujita's "ml" pattern or a plain endpaper?
> I suspect that Viking withdrew Portrait of the Artist as a Young 
> Man the ML edition so that the Compass paperback could have the 
> market to itself. The Compass edition was published in August 1956 
> and the ML edition was discontinued that fall (Viking would have 
> allowed the ML to sell out its last printing). I still have the 
> copy of the Compass paperback (14th printing Dec. 1960) that I 
> read as a freshman in college. The corrected text of Portrait of 
> an Artist was published no later than 1965. 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Roger Lathbury" <lathbury at gmu.edu>
> To: "For collectors of Modern Library books" <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
> Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2011 4:58:10 PM
> Subject: [ModLib] Joyce, Dubliners "defintive text" 1969
> Biens Chers Tous:
> This is one of the rare occasions when I might actually contribute 
> something--though I fear it is superfluous now--to the discussion 
> of this list serve. I indeed own and use as my reading copy of 
> _Dubliners_ the smaller format 7 1/4" Modern Library copy of the 
> definitive text. I attach jpgs of the jacket. I have not looked at 
> other printings of this work.
> I remember buying this volume in 1970 or so (in North Carolina) 
> because Viking had issued the revised text, apparently, in 
> paperback form only and I thought I would need a more permanent 
> book. The Modern Library edition was slightly smaller, more 
> durable, and sewn in 32 page signatures compared to the Compass 
> Viking paperback. It appears to be an offset of the letterpress 
> paperback edition. I have not done a collation.
> I thought it odd that the Modern Library did not also issue _A 
> Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man_ simultaneously since the 
> definitive texts of both these works appeared at about the same 
> time. However, _Portrait_ may have sold better and Viking may have 
> wished to retain the royalties. I do own a hardcover, sewn, cloth 
> covered Viking _Portrait._ Early printings of the paperback of 
> _Portrait_ were also sewn.
> In 1969, Giorgio Joyce, James Joyce's son, a musician and an 
> alcoholic, was still alive. He may have affected the publishing 
> arrangements, for he depended in part on royalties from his 
> father's work for his living. His sister Lucia was in a mental 
> institution; her care put a strain on the Joyce estate's 
> resources. Giorgio died in 1976, Lucia in 1982. Joyce's wife Nora 
> had died in 1951).
> Currently Stephen James Joyce, Giorgio's son and a rebarbative 
> individual, sometimes interferes on these issues. The ambiguous 
> status of later texts of _Ulysses_ and the subsequent reissues of 
> this work are matters lawyers for Giorgio's son in New York 
> monitor closely enough (as I have reason to know having published 
> a facsimile of the 1922 first printing in 1998).
> Doubtless this strays far afield from the interest of this group, 
> but perhaps it all is of some interest.
> Cordially,
> Roger Lathbury
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