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Joyce Manuscript Sets Auction Record

February 8, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A signed, first-edition copy of James Joyce’s ″Ulysses,″ and a 24-page magazine manuscript edited by the Irish author brought record prices Friday at Christie’s auction house.

Glenn Horowtiz Booksellers of New York paid $38,500 for ″Ulysses,″ published in Paris in 1922, while another New York dealer, John F. Fleming Inc., paid $132,000 for the manuscript, said Robin Riley, a Christie’s publicist.

The book, published by Shakespeare and Co., was the third of a 100-copy print run and was inscribed by Joyce. Fifty-nine copies from that run have been located, the auction catalog said, but only nine were inscribed by the author and seven of those are in institutional libraries.

The manuscript, heavily revised by Joyce, is ″The Mookse and the Gripes″ episode of ″Tales Told of Shem and Shaun.″ The episode was later incorporated into ″Finnegan’s Wake.″

The Fleming company ″felt that this was a very significant manuscript because it had so many revisions,″ Ms. Riley said. ″It had so many of the author’s revisions that it had a great deal of character to it.″

Jay Howard Woomer Rare Books of Revere, Pa., paid $99,000 for an autographed manuscript of Joyce’s ″Chamber Music,″ a series of poems.

The works auctioned Friday were part of the literature collection of James Gilvarry, an early Joyce scholar who studied at Trinity College in Dublin and Columbia University in New York.

All of the 565 pieces in the catalog were sold, bringing in $1.2 million, Ms. Riley said. She said about 30 dealers bid on the pieces.

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