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Samuel Beckett: A Celebration

Early Essays, Fiction, and Poetry

"Dante ... Bruno . Vico .. Joyce," in Our Exagmination Round His
Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress
. Paris: Shakespeare
and Co., Sylvia Beach, 1929.

This essay, which is included in this anthology of writings on James
Joyce's then-in-progress novel, Finnegan's Wake, is Samuel Beckett's
first published work.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold

Whoroscope. Paris: Hours Press, 1930.

Samuel Beckett submitted this poem to a competition sponsored by Nancy Cunard and Richard Aldingon for the best poem written on time. Beckett won the contest and was awarded a prize of 10 and publication of the poem in this chapbook which represents his first separately published work. Whoroscope was printed in an edition of 300 copies; this copy is number 79 of 100 which are signed by Samuel Beckett. He has also hand-corrected a typographical error in ink on p. 2.
Melva B. Guthrie Fund
The European Caravan: an Anthology of the New Spirit in European Literature, compiled and edited by Samuel Putnam, Maida C. Darnton, George Reavey, and J. Bronowski. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1931. Samuel Beckett contributed four poems to this important anthology and is characterized as "the most interesting of the younger Irish writers."
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Proust. London: Chatto & Windus, 1931.
First edition of Beckett's study of Marcel Proust.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Paris in the 1930s

Samuel Beckett emerged as a writer of note during the 1930s in Paris. He met and became a protégé of James Joyce, but even as his fame increased he reamined close to a circle of young Irish and English expatriate authors and artists who lived and worked in Paris. Included in this group were George Reavey, Denis Devlin, Stanley William Hayter, Thomas MacGreevy, and Brian Coffey.

Samuel Beckett to Brian Coffey, Autograph postcard, Hannover, Germany, 5 December 1936, from the Brian Coffey papers.
Gift of John Coffey

"Ooftish," in Transition, 27 (April-May, 1938).Cover by Wassilij Kandinsky.

Beckett contributes the poem "Ooftish," as well as a
review essay on the work of his Irish friend, Denis Devlin.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Echo's Bones: and Other Precipitates. Paris: Europa Press, 1935.

This small collection of poems was printed in an edition of 327 copies by Beckett's friend, the Irish author and translator, George Reavey, at his Paris-based press.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Coffey, Brian, 1905-1995.

Third Person. London: George Reavey, The Europa Press, 1938.
Printed in an edition limited to 300 numbered copies, this is number 25 of 25 numbered copies signed by Brian Coffey and S.W. Hayter with an original engraving by Hayter. This copy contains Coffey's autograph presentation inscription to "Peggy," and is from the library of Peggy Guggenheim.
Devlin, Denis, 1908-1959.
Intercessions: Poems. London: Europa Press, [1937].
Reavey, George, 1907-1976.
Faust's Metamorphoses: Poems; with six etchings by Stanley William Hayter.

This stunning fine-press production unites two of Beckett's close friends from his early years in Paris: the Irish author and publisher, George Reavey; and the expatriate British artist Stanley William Hayter, who founded the important experimental workshop for the graphic arts, Atelier 17. This is number 47 of an edition of 100 numbered copies signed by Reavey and Hayter. Laid in are five additional etchings each numbered and signed by Stanley William Hayter.
More Pricks than Kicks. London: Calder & Boyars, 1966.

This mimeographed publication was a special "Hors Commerce" edition prepared by Beckett's British publisher for scholars who did not have access to the scarce original edition, which had been published in 1934 and had long since gone out of print.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
More Pricks than Kicks. London: Calder & Boyars, 1970.

a. This is an uncorrected proof copy of Beckett's first collection
of stories which was originally published in 1934.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold

b. This copy is number 60 of a specially bound and limited edition
of 100 has been numbered and signed by the author and distributed
"hors commerce" by the publisher.
Lammot du Pont Memorial Book Fund
Murphy. London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1938.

This is the scarce first edition of Samuel Beckett's first published novel. Murphy was rejected by more than forty publishers before the firm of Routledge & Sons accepted it on the recommendation of the British author and critic Herbert Read.
Patrick Campbell Irish Literature Fund
Murphy. [Paris]: Bordas, 1947.

The first French edition of Murphy, which Beckett translated from the original English, was published by Bordas in 1947. Fewer than 100 copies were sold and when the firm of Les Éditions de Minuit became Beckett's French publisher, they reissued the book using unbound Bordas sheets bound in their own distinctive wrappers.
Murphy. New York: Grove Press, [1957.]

First American edition. The Grove Press publication of Murphy, along with Proust, in March 1957, marked the beginning of the lifelong association between Samuel Beckett and Grove Press founder Barney Rossett.
Dream of Fair to Middling Women, edited by Eoin O'Brien and Edith Fournier, with a foreword by Eoin O'Brien. Monkstown, Co. Dublin : Black Cat Press, 1992.

This is number 41 of an edition limited to 130 numbered and 20 lettered copies. Dream of Fair to Middling Women is Samuel Beckett's first novel. He completed writing it before Murphy, yet it remained unpublished at the time of his death. In later years, Beckett refrained from allowing Dream to be published, regarding it as a less-than-perfect product of his youth.
Dream of Fair to Middling Women, edited by Eoin O'Brien and Edith Fournier, with a foreword by Eoin O'Brien. London: Calder, [1993].
First British edition.
"Extract from Molloy," in Merlin, 2 (Autumn 1953).
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold.
Molloy. Paris: Éditions de Minuit, [1951]. Number 78 of 500 numbered copies specially printed for "Les Amis des Éditions de Minuit." This copy is specially inscribed by Samuel Beckett to Joseph Gold.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Molloy: a Novel; translated from the French by Patrick Bowles in collaboration with the author. Paris: Collection Merlin, The Olympia Press, [1955].

Patrick Bowles was part of the young group of aspiring authors associated with the magazine Merlin and had the difficult task of collaborating on the translation of Beckett's novel into English with the author. This copy is inscribed by Samuel Beckett to Joseph Gold.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Malone meurt. [Paris]: Éditions de Minuit, [1951].
First edition of the second volume in Beckett's trilogy of novels written in French.
Malone Dies: a novel. New York: Grove Press, [1956].

Not satisfied with Patrick Bowles's work on Molloy, Beckett produced his own translation into English of Malone Meurt. Grove Press published the first edition in several different issues; this copy is number 106 of a hard-bound limited edition of 500 copies.
L'innommable. Paris: Editions de Minuit, [1953.]
First edition of the third and final novel in Beckett's French trilogy.
The Unnamable; translated from the French by the author. New York: Grove Press, [1958.]
First American edition
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
"Mahood," in La Nouvelle Review Française, 1 (February 1953).
Extract from L'innommable. Gift of Sir Joseph Gold.
Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable: Three novels. New York: Grove Press, [1959].
First collected edition of Beckett's trilogy of novels in English translation.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold

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