Joyce's Libraries

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Joyce’s Trieste library (1920)
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Richard Ellmann’s The Consciousness of Joyce (1977: Appendix, p. 97-134) provides a list consisting principally of “about 600 items which comprise all or nearly all the library that Joyce left behind him in Trieste when in June 1920 he moved to Paris”, along with a smaller number of other texts that Joyce refers to in his letters etc. during his time in Trieste.

    The following pages offer links to online versions of the texts themselves, as a finding aid for readers. As far as possible, links are provided to the editions that Joyce owned; but sometimes – in the absence of the primary version - an alternative edition or a parallel source is used and a note added to this effect. An edition by a different publisher or editor is not normally used (it is for this reason that some well-known texts are not linked). If the edition is unknown, a link is not usually provided. The texts themselves are held at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin (see here for catalogue entries).

     In addition, a number of further texts which Joyce is known to have read or consulted have been included under the link "Other".

    The majority of texts are freely and publicly available for research use at, Google Books, and several other major database resources. Some (such as the texts published by the Hathi Trust and some Google Books texts) are only available in particular territories (e.g. the United States). This is mainly for copyright reasons. (It is possible to access out-of-copyright texts of this nature outside the US by using freely downloadable software such as Hotspot Shield.)

    The number of texts to which links can be made is testimony to the remarkable work done by Google and others to make the literature of the past readily accessible to researchers. Links are not provided to some texts listed by Google Books as it is not necessarily clear whether these texts are readable or fully searchable online. Texts linked from may also be available in other formats (e.g. EPUB). Perhaps interested parties will be able to publish some of the unlinkable texts to help complete the picture.

      As one would expect, the texts were not selected by Joyce as classic or valuable editions of their day intended to enhance a writer's library, but were typically standard, popular, or cheap editions picked up at the book shop or book stall - just what was available for an interested reader who wanted to acquire a text to read and refer to. For further reflections on the library, see Michael Patrick Gillespie's A Critique of Ellmann’s List of Joyce’s Trieste Library in James Joyce Quarterly (vol. 19, no. 1, Fall, 1981, pp. 27-36) and his Inverted Volumes Improperly Arranged: James Joyce and his Trieste Library (1983).

    Random browsing of this online library quickly produces worthwhile little discoveries: Edward Thomas's biography of Richard Jefferies and its discussion of The Story of My Heart, for example, seems a more likely source for Stephen's "orient and immortal" at U 3.43 than Thomas Traherne's Centuries of Meditation. The text also contains a reference to "mesial groove" (U 9.615) and a photograph of a statue of Venus that is suggestive of Bloom's wish to get to the bottom of its bottom. Seumas O'Sullivan's Mud and Purple contains an illustration that shows the otherwise undocumented steps that once led up to Merchants' Arch (see U 10.520). Edward Naylor's Shakespeare and Music informs us about the dances Lyster's feet perform in the "Library episode" of Ulysses.

    Readers are welcome to supply links to texts not yet addressed, and to provide new or better links for those texts already linked. Please send any corrections or improvements to the Editors at [at] The Editors are grateful to Marc Therre for corrections to the listing.


Joyce's Trieste library: authors and works indexed under the letter A

Adam of Cobsam, The Wright’s Chaste Wife, ed. F. J. Furnivall for the Early English Text Society (London, 1865)

Adams, Walter Marsham, The House of Hidden Places, A Clue to the Creed of Early Egypt from Egyptian Sources (London: John Murray, 1895)

Aeschylus, Agamemnon, trans. into German Hans von Wolzogen (Leipzig: Universal Bibliothek, n.d.) [Limited online search only outside US – Hathi Trust]

Ainger, Alfred, Crabbe (London: Macmillan, 1903)

Albert, Charles, L’Amour Libre (Paris: Stock, 1910)

Alfieri, Vittorio, Vita (Milan: Sonzogno, 1911) [Link to Pisa 1817 ed.]

Allen, Grant, Paris (London, ?1897) [Link to London 1900 ed.]

Allen, Grant, The Woman Who Did (Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1895) [Link to Boston/London 1895 ed.]

Allen, James Lane, The Mettle of the Pasture (London: Macmillan, 1903) [Link to Macmillan New York 1903 ed.)

Alpha and Omega [= Oliver St. John Gogarty], Blight, The Tragedy of Dublin (Dublin: Talbot Press, 1917)

Alpheo, The Book of the Land of Ire (Dublin: Talbot Press, and London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1919)

Alvor, Peter, Das Neue Shakespeare-Evangelium (Hanover: Adolf Sparholtz Verlag, 1907) [Limited online search only outside US – Hathi Trust.]

Andreyev, Leonid, Il Riso rosso, trans. into Italian Cesare Castelli (Milan, Sonzogno, n.d.)

Andreyev, Leonid, The Seven That Were Hanged (London: A. C. Fifield, 1909) [Link to US ed. 1909]

Anstie, James, Colloquies of Common People (London: Smith, Elder, 1902)

Apuleius,  Fabula de Psyche et Cupidione (Rome: Angelo Signorelli, 1918) [Link to 1891 ed.; Cupidine]

Aquinas, Thomas, Summa Philosophica seu De Veritate Catholicae Fidei (Paris: P. Lethielleux, n.d.)

Aquinas, Thomas, Summa Philosophica … contra Gentiles (Paris: P. Lethielleux, 1906)

Arabian Nights (Le Mille e una note), trans. into Italian by Armando Domenici’s (Florence: Adriana Salami, 1915) [Link to 2012 eBook of Domenici’s’ trans.]

Archer, Patrick, The Humours of Shanwalla (Dublin: M. H. Gill, 1906) [Link to 1913 Gill ed.]

Aristophanes, Four Plays, trans. J. H. Frere (Oxford University Press, 1907)

Aristophanes, Le Commedie, vol. II, trans. into Italian Ettore Romagnoli (Milan: Istituto Editoriale Italiano, n.d.)

Aristotle, Psychology [Edition unspecified]

Aristotle, Theory of Poetry and Fine Arts, trans. with commentary S. H. Butcher (London: Macmillan, 1907) [Link to 1911 ed. of Butcher’s translation]

Arnold, Matthew, Culture and Anarchy (London: Thomas Nelson, n.d.) [Link to Smith, Elder ed. of 1909.]

Arnold, Matthew, Selected Poems, 2 vols, (London: Heinemann, 1905.] [Link to Oxford 1910 ed.]

Artzbashef, Michael, Sanine, trans. Percy Pinkerton (London: Martin Secker, 1916) [Link to 1915 ed. of this trans.]

Aurelius Antoninus, Marcus, The Thoughts, trans. John Jackson (Oxford University Press, World’s Classics, 1906) [1906 Jackson Oxford trans. titled Meditations on t.p.]

Austen, Jane, Sense and Sensibility (London: Thomas Nelson, n.d.) [Link to Nelson 1908 ed.]

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