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24.08.15. Two "extremely rare" handwritten letters by James Joyce, in which the Irish author laments the problems in finding a printer for Ulysses in the UK, have been sold in America for almost 10 times their guide price. "Handwritten letters by Joyce are extremely rare, especially those discussing his magnum opus and its important place in the history of artistic expression," said the auction house ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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