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VI.C.13: "Work in Progress"/Finnegans Wake Scribal Notebook (1936–1937)

Material Description

The manuscript has floral-designed green covers over boards, with a black tape spine, which is worn but intact, 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 primarily in the hand of Mme Raphael in black ink as well in Joyce’s hand in black ink on p. [001] and in green ink on pp. [036], [168], and [253]. Joyce used green, blue, and red 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, including the front flyleaf verso and 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.13, pp. [001]–[026] MS VI.B.13, p. [188]–back cover recto 43.077–083
MS VI.C.13, pp. [027]–[155] MS VI.B.8, p. [001]–back flyleaf verso 43.083–115
MS VI.C.13, pp. [156]–[264] MS VI.B.22, p. [003]–back cover recto 43.115–142
MS VI.C.13, p. [265]–back flyleaf recto MS VI.B.15, front cover verso–p. [018] 43.143–147


The pages are not numbered.


Mme Raphael prepared the transcriptions in this notebook in 1936 to early 1937 in Paris (TD 34) and Joyce used the notebook from 1936 to 1938.

Other Markings

The notebook was marked "13" in blue crayon on the front flyleaf verso, probably by Joyce. He wrote "15 | 7 | ’38" also on the front flyleaf verso in green ink. There is a stamped purple stationer’s mark on the front flyleaf verso and upside down on the back flyleaf recto that reads: "38".


The manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile in JJA 43.076–147.