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    BONHAMS TO HOLD VALUATIONS IN WATERFORD

    Friday, October 30th, 2015
    This first edition of Ulysses was sold at Bonhams, they are hoping to find something similar in Waterford.

    This first edition of Ulysses was sold at Bonhams, they are hoping to find something similar in Waterford.

    Specialists from Bonhams will be at the Medieval Museum, Waterford on Thursday November 5 to value paintings, works of art, books and ephemera.  Proceeds of the day will go to the Waterford Treasures Museum conservation fund. Bonhams book specialist Luke Batterham will give a short talk at 11.30am on book collecting and some of the highlights he has discovered during his life as a book specialist.  There will be a question and answer session about the current global art market and the auction world in the afternoon.

    Jane Beattie head of the Bonhams Dublin office commented: ‘Ireland’s oldest city is bound to throw up some remarkable and extraordinary surprise items, we are excited that the Museum invited us to Waterford for this one-off event’.

    SIGNED 1st EDITION OF ULYSSES AT BONHAMS

    Friday, June 5th, 2015
    The first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses at Bonhams.

    The first edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses at Bonhams.

    A signed first edition of  James Joyce’s Ulysses comes up at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in London on June 24. It is part of a large collection of Joyce’s work to be offered.  Ulysses is estimated at £60,000-80,000 and the collection has a combined upper estimate of £300,000.

    The author’s presentation copy printed on hand made paper was given to Lewis Galantiere, an American translator of French literature living in Paris. There he met Joyce and other leading literary figures of the day.  Dated February 11, 1922, this is the earliest known presentation copy apart from the one Joyce gave to his wife Nora on the day of publication, February 2, 1922, the author’s 40th birthday.  Printing was hampered by difficulties over the colour for the cover which Joyce wanted to match the blue of the Greek flag.

    In 1935 Henri Matisse was commissioned to illustrate an edition of Ulysses for subscribers to the Limited Edition Club in America.  Each of the 1,000 copies was signed by Matisse and 250 were also signed by Joyce.  A copy of the book signed by both men is estimated at £6,000-8,000.
    Other works include a first edition of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, (£20,000-30,000); a first edition of Dubliners,  (£3,000-4,000) and a first edition of the very scarce Gas from a Burner (£10,000-15,000) his bitingly satirical poem written in September 1912 about the destruction of 1,000 copies of Dubliners.   A signed copy of the first 1936 English printing of Ulysses, with the cover designed by Eric Gill, is estimated at £10,000-15,000.