James Joyce's Trieste Library

"The following list includes about 600 items which comprise all or nearly all the library that Joyce left behind in Trieste when in June 1920 he moved to Paris. In addition, it includes about a hundred items...which are not in the surviving collection but which he can be shown to have possessed or at least read during the same period. When the books are stamped 'J.J.', I have so indicated [with an asterisk]. This was the stamp which Joyce first used in Zurich and left behind him on his departure from Trieste in 1920.

"Books [which can be implied to have been owned or read by Joyce] belong to the following seven categories:

"[At Buffalo] Seven Books (by Austen, Butler, Kardec, Plutarch, Tolstoy, Tucker, Witt) in Joyce's library in Paris. Since they are are marked 'J.J.', they must date from the period before his move to Paris. Lockwood Memorial Library, State University of New York at Buffalo.

"[Slocum and Cahoon] Books bearing Joyce's signature from his Dublin days, which are listed in John J. Slocum and Herbert Cahoon, A Bibliography of James Joyce, 1882-1941 (New Haven, 1953).

"[Curran] Books bearing Joyce's signature which are listed in C. P. Curran, James Joyce Remembered (London, 1968), p. 9 n., as in Curran's possession.

"[Critical Writings]. Books reviewed by Joyce, as indicated in The Critical Writings of James Joyce (London and New York, 1959).

"[James Joyce] Books mentioned in a bookseller's bill (1913-14) and in an inventory (1920) of part of Joyce's library, published in Richard Ellmann, James Joyce, ed. Ellsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann (London and New York, 1959).

"[Letters] Books which his letters speak of his reading of having read. See Letters of James Joyce, 3 vols (London and New York, 1957-1966).

"[Southern Illinois] Books in the Croessmann Collection, Southern Illinois University Library."


Webmaster's note: Known items are numbered per Gillespie2. Removed items are items in Ellmann that have been determined not to have been owned by Joyce, and numbered, per Gillespie, pp. 268-269


1 Ellmann, Richard. "Appendix: Joyce's Library in 1920". The Consciousness of Joyce. Oxford UP, . 97 - 134.

2 Gillespie, Patrick Michael && Stocker, Erik Bradford. James Joyce's Trieste Library: A Catalogue of Materials at the Harry Ransom Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. University of Texas at Austin, .