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    London booksellers Peter Harrington are offering a first inscribed presentation edition of Dubliners (London: Grant Richards Ltd, 1914) by James Joyce for a cool £195,000. The first edition, first impression, first issue is inscribed by the author on the initial blank: “To Beatrice Randegger James Joyce Trieste 19 June 1914”.

    The official publication date in London was a few days earlier, Monday June 15, but Joyce was in Trieste and did not receive the first of the 120 copies he had agreed to buy from Grant Richards until the Friday of that week. The other very few known presentation copies of the earliest date – to Roberto Preziosi, the Italian who had paid excessive attentions to Nora, and to Moses Dlugacz, his Zionist friend – are dated the same day. Beatrice was one of the daughters of Ettore Richetti, a prominent lawyer and head of the Jewish community in Trieste. 

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