Tales of Shem and Shaun. Three Fragments from Work in Progress. James Joyce.
Tales of Shem and Shaun. Three Fragments from Work in Progress
Tales of Shem and Shaun. Three Fragments from Work in Progress
Tales of Shem and Shaun. Three Fragments from Work in Progress

Tales of Shem and Shaun. Three Fragments from Work in Progress.

Paris: Black Sun Press, 1929.

Brancusi. First edition, number 314 of 500. Abstract portrait by Constantin Brancusi. [14], XVI, 64 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's white printed wrapper printed in red and black. Fine in original chipped gold paper-over-boards slipcase. Slocum & Cahoon A-36; Ransom, p. 111; The Artist and the Book 32. Item #311571

The Black Sun Press edition of excerpts from Joyce's Work in Progress (later Finnegans Wake). The three selections — "The Mookse and the Gripes,’" "The Muddest Thick That Was Ever Heard Dump," and "The Ondt and the Gracehoper" — were previously published in the journal "transition" but were further edited and expanded by Joyce for publication here. The frontispiece is by Constantin Brancusi, who took the commission — his only book illustration — after Picasso declined.

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