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Reading Finnegans Wake [1965 edition altered in 4 unique volumes] [Artist Book].

London: Faber & Faber, 1965 [2013-18][2022]. Fascimile. Hardcover. "Finnegans Wake is a novel by James Joyce, written in 1939. It is considered one of the most complex books in English literature, as well as being unique in its experimental writing style. The purpose of the work is to visually display this complexity. Using a classic 1965 edition by Faber and Faber, the book was disbound, woven and rebound, respecting the original order of the pages and preserving the same cover. The new edition consists of 4 volumes covering the four parts and 450 pages of the original edition." [Artist Statement] Concept and weaving by Ximena Pérez Grobet. Unbinding and rebinding by Poncho Martínez. Assistant, Teresa del Junco.

The unique copy was placed in 2020 at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Before it was sent off, Ximena had the work carefully documented, leaf by leaf, volume by volume. She then sought to have an edition produced that might make the monumental work more accessable to a broader audience. Thus this edition embodies as much as can be captured of the original, maintaining the four volumes (mirroring Joyce's sections) and housed in a pictorial flapped slipcase, the inner flap of which contains a printed description of the project. Fine In Fine Box. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Color pictorial wraps housed in a matching flapped slipcase. 8vo. np. Illus. (colored plates). Numbered limited edition of 300. Signed by the artist. Item #10997

Price: $300.00