Ulysses Publishing History

2012 Marks 90 Years in Print

  • 2nd February 1922 (Joyce’s 40th birthday).   1st edition: 1,000 copies. Published by Shakespeare & Co., Paris.100 copies were printed on Dutch fine paper and signed; a further 150 on verge-d’arches and the remaining 750 on plain paper.  The first two copies of Ulysses arrived into Paris by train on the early morning of February 2nd.  One was presented to Joyce and the other was displayed in the window of the publisher’s bookshop – Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare and Company. It was a large book – 732 pages, weighing 1.55 kilograms.
  • October 1922  2nd edition: 2,000 copies.  Published by The Egoist Press, London. 500 copies of this edition were      impounded and destroyed by the United States Postal Services. A further 500 copies were printed in January 1923 to replace these, but 499 of these  were seized by the British Customs and apparently destroyed, though there is no record available of their destruction.
  • January 1924  2nd edition: unlimited edition. Published by Shakespeare & Co., Paris.
  • December 1932 Unlimited edition. Published by The Odyssey Press, Paris, Hamburg, Bologna.
  • January 1934 Unlimited edition. Published by Random House, New York.
  • October 1935 1,500 copies. Published by The Limited Editions Club, New York. Illustrated and signed by Henri Matisse.
  • October 1936 1,000 copies. Published by The Bodley Head, London. Each copy individually numbered, 100 of which were signed by Joyce.
  • September 1937 Unlimited edition. Published by The Bodley Head, London (their first unlimited edition).
  • April 1960 Unlimited edition. Published by The Bodley Head, London (second unlimited edition).
  • 1984 Unlimited edition. Published by Vintage Books, New York. With text revision and correction by Hans Walter Gabler, a professor at the University of Munich. This edition was backed by a  worldwide publicity campaign and was heralded as the definitive text.  However it attracted heavy criticism from some quarters, and in particular from the American reviewer, John Kidd.