New York: Two World Publishing Company, 1926-1927. After finally getting Ulysses published in Paris, Joyce had encountered many problems before his novel finally saw publication by Random House in 1934. Between March 1918 and December 1920, The Little Review attempted to publish Ulysses serially; 23 installments appeared before publication was halted by actions brought by the Society for the Suppression of Vice. All issues were subsequently banned by the U.S. Post Office. As a result of the ban, and in an attempt to capitalize on public interest, publisher and writer Samuel Roth published Ulysses in bowdlerized form 14 episodes in 12 installments of Two Worlds Monthly. Vol.3, No.4 was never issued separately, and is found only in the later issued two volume set bound by the publisher. These reprints were unauthorized by Joyce, and the serialization "resulted in considerable public indignation and provoked the "International Protest" signed by 167 artists and writers and printed in Transition...Joyce's American legal representatives obtained an injunction against Samuel Roth and Two Worlds Publishing Company on December 27, 1928, over a year after Two Worlds Monthly had ceased publication (Slocum & Cahoon, p.100). Additional contributions include works by T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Djuna Barnes, D.H. Lawrence, Stephen Crane, Norman Douglas, and others. An important and contentious debut of the author's most enduring work. Slocum & Cahoon C68; Connolly 100. Item #2723
Eleven octavo issues (24cm); printed wrappers; variously paged, with publication sequence as follows: Vol.1, Nos.1-4; Vol.2, Nos.1-4; Vol.3, Nos.1-3. All issues showing light overall wear, toning, and dustiness to wrappers, with occasional small nicks and tears to spine ends; wrappers on Vol.2, No.3, and Vol.3, No.1 re-glued at an early date; five issues with trace of soil/damping to upper or lower edges, extending into affected margins no more than 1/2 cm.; Vol.2, No.4 and Vol.3, No.3 with a few splits and tears to joints and spine-fold; chiefly clean internally; Very Good to Very Good+ overall.