London: The Folio Society. 1965. First Folio Society Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original grey canvas boards with green cloth spine, gilt titles. 324 pp. Frontispiece plus seven additional full-page black & white plates, plus cover design, all by Masterman. Tiny scuffs to spine, a very good tight copy in the original slipcase which is slightly chaffed at edges and has a waterstain along the bottom edges. Very good in slipcase. Item #311655
¶ James Joyce's first novel, originally published in 1914. It traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology. Stephen questions and rebels against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self-exile from Ireland to Europe. The work uses techniques that Joyce developed more fully in Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939).