The Day of the Rabblement

Joyce, James

Published by Gerrard Bros. [1901], Dublin, 1901
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Title: The Day of the Rabblement

Publisher: Gerrard Bros. [1901], Dublin

Publication Date: 1901

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition.


Original staple-bound pink printed wraps; pp. 8. In original mailing envelope from Michael Papantonio First Editions and Rare Books (509 Madison Ave., New York, c. 1939), addressed to R. H. Pitney. One of only 85 copies printed. This is the first edition of Joyce's second published work, and his first appearance in a book. (His first published work was a review of Ibsen's "When We Dead Awaken," published in the Fortnightly Review the previous year.) Joyce's essay, written when he was a nineteen-year-old student at University College, Dublin, is an attack on the Irish Literary Theater and its founders -- Yeats, Moore, and Martyn. He accuses them of abandoning the high ideals of the Theater's founding, and catering to popular tastes, becoming "the property of the rabblement of the most belated race in Europe." Issued in "Two Essays," along with "A Forgotten Aspect of the University Question," by F. J. C. Skeffington, Joyce's school friend, advocating for equal university rights for women. Both essays were first rejected ("refused insertion by the Censor") by St. Stephen's the newspaper of the University College, Dublin, at which point Joyce and Skeffington gather the 2 pounds, 5 shillings necessary to have the essays printed at a local stationery shop. /// The provenance is also interesting. Michael Papantonio (1907-1978) enjoyed a long history in the rare book trade, beginning at the Brick Row Bookshop at the age of seventeen. Twelve years later he opened his own shop, specializing in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature and Americana. WWII interrupted his career. After his discharge from the Army Medical Corps, Papantonio formed a partnership with John S. Van Eisen Kohn, launching the Seven Gables Bookshop. Papantonio's expertise in English literature complemented Kohn's knowledge of American literature. Together they built an antiquarian book business recognized for the quality of its stock and the integrity of its operations. Among the private collectors who bought from Seven Gables were Robert Taylor, William E. Stockhausen, Clifton Waller Barrett, H. Bradley Martin, Gordon Ray, Mary Massey, Folger Library, Pierpont Morgan Library, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton. Papantonio was also an expert in early American bindings, and curated a travelling exhibition of them -- the catalogue for it is still a respected reference on the subject. Papantonio was a founding member of the ABAA. Bookseller Inventory # JCFA11652

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