London: The Folio Society, 1998 . Centenary edition. "This edition of Ulysses has been published by The Folio Society on 16 June 2004 to mark the centenary of the day on which the action of the book is set. It is limited to 1760 copies, of which 1750 are for sale, bound in full goatskin leather blocked with a design by Jeff Clements. This is Copy No. 744". Full turquoise-blue goatskin, covers and spine decorated in gilt and black from a design by Jeff Clements, smooth spine decorated in black and lettered in gilt, gold end-papers, top edge gilt. A mint copy housed in the original, gold lined, dark blue buckram clamshell case blocked with James Joyce's signature on the front and lettered "Ulysses" in gilt on spine. Mint as issued together with the original prospectus and photographs in the original shipping carton. Small quarto (9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches; 235 x 165 mm.). xxii, 735, [1, blank] pages. Eighteen etchings in black, white, and gold by Mimo Paladino.
"Ulysses is by no means an easy or straightforward book; it is a challenging book… Reading a book such as Ulysses is not only a challenge, it is a unique face à face between writer and reader… If our cultures and civilizations are to be preserved and carried forward down through the ages, the creator must remain the master of his oeuvre, particularly beyond the grave. It is that timeless Joycean mastery that Paladino’s illustrations amplify with delicate expressiveness and resonance of sensibility. Though this breathtaking edition is long out of print, I was fortunate enough to track down a copy for our shared enjoyment." Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, 16 June 1904 (the day of Joyce's first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle). The title alludes to Odysseus (Latinized into Ulysses), the hero of Homer's Odyssey, and establishes a series of parallels between characters and events in Homer's poem and Joyce's novel (e.g., the correspondence of Leopold Bloom to Odysseus, Molly Bloom to Penelope, and Stephen Dedalus to Telemachus).
The text used is the one as issued in the 1998 Folio Society edition (which takes the text of the 1926 second edition) set in Old Style with Pastonchi display. Paladino's etchings were first published in a limited edition of eighteen copies. (Item #3671)