Transition Stories – Twenty-three Stories from ‘transition’ - Eugene Jolas, Robert Sage (editors) 1929 - Walter V. McKee, New York - First Edition - Large Paper Copy Fine and thus scarce large paper copy, first editon, number 2 of 100 copies.

‘It is necessary to break up the word, to construct an organic world of the imagination, and to give life a changed and spontaneous reality.’ – Eugene Jolas, from his preface.

The first collection of stories from avant-garde, inter-war literary journal,
transition, featuring works by Kay Boyle, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein, Eliiot Paul, and Philippe Soupault and others, together with segments of James Joyce’s then-unfinished novel, Finnegan’s Wake, published here as ‘A Muster from Work in Progress.’

Founded in 1927 in Paris by poet Eugene Jolas (himself aided by expatriate bookseller Sylvia Beach and ‘lost generation’ bon vivant Harry Crosby),
transition ran until the spring of 1938. In that 11 years and 27 issues – its experimental bent always unapologetically overt – the journal amassed an astounding pool of works by a trans-national cadre of writers, Surrealists, political activists, Dadaists, critics, and artists including Samuel Beckett, Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, William Carlos Williams, Juan Gris, Man Ray, Dylan Thomas, Joan Miró, and Paul Bowles, among many others, and as such, publishing for the first time some of the most linguistically and visually innovative art of the modern era.
  References: Slocum and Cahoon, B11. ‘Transition’ The Newberry Chicago Research Library, web.

Large octavo (book size 24.5x16.5cm), pp. [2]xii 354. Publisher’s green cloth spine lettered in black, patterned paper covered boards, top edge trimmed others untrimmed.
  Condition: Fine with the exception of very light toning to spine and minor wear to edges and corners of boards.   Ref: 110657   Price: HK$ 4,000