San Francisco: Pirates, circa 1960s. 12mo. Off white staple-bound paper wraps, lightly soilied, with some discoloration bleeding out an inch from the upper staple, rear wrap toned near the spine with a circular discoloration mark in the upper right corner. 20 pages. Pirated edition. Near fine.
A facsimile of the 1927 Shakespeare and Company edition collecting Joyce's poems written in the years between 1904 to 1924. The original is cost prohibitive for most of us, but the pirated edition is still rare, collectible, and well within reach. European modernism and California counter-culture collide.
"Blind me with your dark nearness, O have mercy,
beloved enemy of my will!
I dare not withstand the cold touch that I dread.
Draw from me still
My slow life! Bend deeper on me, threatening head,
Proud by my downfall, remembering, pitying
Him who is, him who was!"