VIII.A.2: Other Notebooks: Zurich Greek Notebook (1916–1917):
Material Description and Collation: The manuscript is a pocket-sized exercise notebook with blue paper covers and a white paper label with scalloped edges pasted on the front cover recto. It consists of 18 leaves (36 pages) of ruled paper, with blue printed horizontal and vertical lines; the sheets are stapled twice in the center and folded in half vertically to form the notebook. The pages are watermarked with an image of a fish. Only pp. [1r]–[2r] pages are inscribed in Joyce's and an unidentified hand in black ink; the remaining 34 pages are blank. The notebook is similar to Buffalo MSS VIII.A.1 and A.4, both of which Joyce used in Zurich from 1915 to 1918.
Measurements: The manuscript measures 21.6 x 17.4 cm.
Pagination: The pages are not numbered.
Contents: All of the contents are in modern Greek and, according to Spielberg (162), p. [1r] contains the principal parts of 11 verbs, conjugation of "to see"; p. [1v] contains a 4-line stanza concerning a pun on a Greek name, the beginning of the Greek Orthodox liturgy and a Greek-English vocabulary, which is continued on p. [2r]. See Owen, pp. 96–104.
Dating: The contents do not provide clear evidence of the date of its compilation but Joyce probably used this notebook in 1916–1917, probably after MS VIII.A.4.
Other Markings: There is a stationer's mark "25" (possibly the price) in the lower right corner of the label on the front cover recto in lead pencil.
Publication: This manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile on JJA 3.336–339.
Notes: There are black ink stains on p. [1r] and the inside front cover.