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VI.C.1: "Work in Progress"/Finnegans Wake Scribal Notebook (1933)

Material Description

The manuscript has floral-designed maroon covers over boards, with a black tape spine, most of which is no longer part of the notebook, and the edges of all the leaves are speckled blue-and-white. There are blue-and-white marbled design papers pasted to the front cover verso and back cover recto; the front flyleaf verso and back flyleaf recto are plain white, unlined paper. The notes are in the hand of Mme France Raphael, Joyce’s amanuensis, in black ink, except for a note on p. [256] that is in Joyce’s hand, also in black ink. Joyce used red as well as blue colored crayons to cross through the notes he had used in his manuscripts.


The manuscript consists of 140 leaves (280 pages) of blue horizontally ruled paper, 12 stitched gatherings (the 1st and 12th gatherings are composed of 20 pages and the 2nd through 11th gatherings are composed of 24 pages); none of the pages are detached. All of the pages as well as the front flyleaf verso and back flyleaf recto are inscribed; none are blank.


The manuscript measures 18.8 x 14.5 cm.


The notebook contains transcriptions of Joyce’s notes in the following primary notebooks:

Scribal Notebook Primary Notebooks JJA
MS VI.C.1, pp. [001]–[074] MS VI.B.16, pp. [013]–[146] 41.003–021
MS VI.C.1, pp. [075]–[208] MS VI.B.11, pp. [001]–[170] 41.021–054
MS VI.C.1, pp. [209]–[280] MS VI.B.34, pp. [001]–[172] 41.055–072


The pages are not numbered.


Mme Raphael prepared the transcriptions in this notebook in late 1933 in Paris (TD 32) and Joyce used the notebook in 1934 and 1935.

Other Markings

Joyce wrote "Mme Raphael | 18 rue Boissonade | Daub. 73.39" on the front flyleaf verso in lead pencil. The notebook was marked "1" in blue crayon on the front flyleaf verso and on back flyleaf recto, probably by Joyce. There is a stamped purple stationer’s mark on the front flyleaf verso that reads: "38".


The manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile in JJA 41.002–073. MS VI.B.16 was published in The Finnegans Wake Notebooks at Buffalo: VI.B.16, edited by Vincent Deane, Daniel Ferrer and Geert Lernout (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2003).


There is a printed stationer’s label on the front cover verso that reads: "Papeterie Imprimerie | – RELIURE – | A. Roques | & Fils | 1 & 3, Rue de Condé | 4, Rue de l’Odéon | PARIS (VIe) | DANTON 02-50", and a stationer’s mark was written on the label "12.75" (probably the price) in lead pencil.