Storiella as She Is Syung

Limited editions of fragments from Finnegans Wake reflect Joyce’s increased attention to his books’ design. Often, before he had secured a contract, he had fully conceived the publication as an object: detailed instructions for the binding color, typography, and page design accompanied his manuscripts. Anticipating public resistance to the texts, he also requested room for contextual front matter. Delays to this fine-press edition of the “Storiella” fragment were caused by Joyce’s complex layout. In addition to his daughter's elaborate initial A, it includes medievalist rubrics, footnotes, diagrams, and marginal texts.

James Joyce (1882–1941)
Storiella as She Is Syung
Illuminated initial by Lucia Joyce (1907–1982)
[London]: Corvinus Press, 1937
The Morgan Library & Museum, gift of Sean and Mary Kelly, 2018; PML 197877
© The Estate of James Joyce.