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Harriet Shaw Weaver's account of the first Egoist Press edition of Ulysses:

"When Miss Sylvia Beach's first edition of Ulysses was exhausted in the summer of 1922, the Egoist Press bought from her the plates that had been made by the French printers and fixed up a somewhat curious edition. Printed in Dijon by those printers it was, as announced on the title page, 'Published for the Egoist Press, London, by John Rodker, Paris,' the edition, a private one like Miss Beach's, comprising 2000 copies. John Rodker hired a room in Paris to act as office. Copies from the printers were delivered to him there and he dispatched by post to all people who had given us direct orders for the book, including persons in the U.S.A. and elsewhere abroad. I think he also posted some copies direct to shops in London who had ordered them from us. He also dispatched to London through a mailing agency a number of packing cases full of the books and these remained in store with the agency till wanted. I had a certain number of them at our small Egoist office and also stored some at my private address, for we never knew when there might be an official raid. There never was at our own office. Shops used to send for the book discreetly to supply customers' orders and often I delivered copies myself to shops which ordered them. Usually they were put away out of sight under the counter with some haste! A good number of copies sent by ordinary book post to the U.S.A. got through to their various destinations, but some time between October 1922 (when the Egoist Press edition was published) and December 1922 the U.S.A. censorship authorities evidently became suspicious; copies were held up and accumulated at the U.S.A. post offices until finally 400-500 copies were confiscated and burnt. In January 1923 an edition of 500 copies was printed to replace them. One of these was posted to London, the remaining 499, as you will doubtless know, were seized by English Customs authorities at Folkstone and made away with-- or preserved privately for their own delectation! We never heard what actually happened to them beyond the seizure, After that the book was banned in England."

-recorded in Richard Ellmann: James Joyce


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