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VI.C.10: "Work in Progress"/Finnegans Wake Scribal Notebook (1935)

Material Description

The manuscript has floral-designed green covers over boards, with a black tape spine, which is detached from the back cover but still attached to the front, 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 Raphael in black ink, except for some of the notes on p. [117] that in Joyce’s hand in black ink. Joyce used red as well as blue colored crayons to cross through the notes he had used in his manuscripts. There are also vertical red and blue crayon marks beside some of the uncrossed notes, presumably by Joyce.


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 including the 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.10, pp. [001]–[058] MS VI.B.28, p. [093]–back flyleaf recto 42.219–233
MS VI.C.10, pp. [059]–[168] MS VI.B.26, pp. [001]–[182] 42.233–260
MS VI.C.10, pp. [169]–[248] MS VI.B.23, front flyleaf verso–back flyleaf recto 42.261–280
MS VI.C.10, pp. [249]–[280] [MS VI.D.5; missing notebook(s); first part] 42.281–288


The pages are not numbered.


Mme Raphael prepared the transcriptions in this notebook in early 1935 in Paris (TD 33) and Joyce used the notebook from 1935 and 1937.

Other Markings

The notebook was marked "10" in blue crayon on the back flyleaf recto, probably by Joyce.


The manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile in JJA 42.218–289.


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".