Blue Book’s Value

This story from the BBC web site confirms our suspicions that Ulysses has become the most “valuable” novel of the 20th century–meaning that copies of its first edition sell for more than any other novel. Some of the best work done on the history of the 1922 edition and the fate of its 1000 copies has been done by Joyce scholar/collector/dealer Laura Barnes, who I’m sure will have something to say about this most recent distinction.

The Rosenbach has four copies of the first edition of Ulysses, including Dr. Rosenbach’s own well-worn copy, and a presentation copy given by Joyce to Maurice Darantiere–the man who printed the book.