Glasses-spectacles with case, belonged to the Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941), sold on Tuesday at auction in Kilkenny. This was reported by national broadcaster RTE, adding that this acquisition has cost the new owner €17 thousand
The head of the auction house Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers George Millie not announced the name of the buyer, stating only that this lot was great interest from collectors from China, Japan, Australia and the USA. “Valuable Irish cultural heritage with high probability were outside the island,” concluded on RTE. According to Millie, Joyce glasses are in excellent condition. In addition to trimmed with velvet case included gold-plated clip holder and chain, he said. “These glasses Joyce used during the work on the novel “Ulysses”. He gave them to his friend Thomas Pugu, who often visited the house of Gossow in Paris”, – said the organizer of the auction.
Glasses-pince-nez round shape appear on almost all the portraits of Joyce. Problems with your vision of the future writer found in childhood, later added the diagnosis of iridocyclitis (inflammation of the blood vessels of the eyeball). In the diaries of brother Joyce – Stanislas, often refers to the various ailments of the writer and frequent inflammation of the eyes, which severely limited his work. It is also known that, when one of the friends of Joyce complained that the novel “Ulysses” is very difficult to read, he replied: “You cannot imagine how difficult it was to write.” A huge part of the novel, which at first nobody wanted to print, copied by Joyce six times. However, his biographers believe that this period of ailments was for Joyce the most fruitful in terms of creativity.