"Joyce's masterpiece… [if] aesthetic merit were ever again to center the canon, [Finnegans Wake] would be as close as our chaos could come to the heights of Shakespeare and Dante." -Harold Bloom, The Western Canon
FIRST EDITION IN BRIGHT ORIGINAL DUST JACKET.
"Joyce spent the years after Ulysses tunneling into a denser, more obscure novel. Finnegans Wake is written in the weltering language of dreams. Words spilled out of definitions and syntax like a river breaking the banks, and puns are as destructive as they are playful. Joyce felt as if he had arrived at the end of the English language." (Kevin Birmingham, The Most Dangerous Book).
"Finnegan's Wake, like Eliot's The Waste Land, is a terminus for the author – all the trains of his learning end up there – but it is also a starting-point for the reader: catch this slow train for Upanishad country; this express goes to German metaphysics; here is the special for the Book of Kells. We must not attempt to understand everything at once: that way madness lies. But Finnegans Wake hides in its word-play a very great amount of world culture, as well as Dublin street-cries, music-hall songs, cowheel, tripe, and best-sellers, and it waits on our becoming as erudite as Joyce himself." (Anthony Burgess, Re Joyce).
Note: The first edition of Finnegans Wake was issued simultaneously as a signed limited edition, a New York issue, as well as this UK issue. The UK issue is preferred to the NY issue and considerably more rare.
London: Faber and Faber, 1939. Quarto, original red cloth, original dust jacket. Dust jacket bright with only a little edgewear; cloth nearly perfect; book with front hinge a little tender (but holding fine) and browning to final page of text (as often).
Price: $2,500 .