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VI.C.15: "Work in Progress"/Finnegans Wake Scribal Notebook (1936–1937)

Material Description

The manuscript has floral-designed maroon 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 in the hand of Mme Raphael in black ink. Joyce used green 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 Notebook JJA:
VI.C.15, pp. [001]–[176] VI.B.4, p. [011]–back flyleaf recto 42.365–408
VI.C.15, pp. [177]–[252] [VI.D.2; missing notebook(s)] 42.409–427
VI.C.15, pp. [253]–[262] VI.B.20, p. [102]–back cover recto 42.428–430
VI.C.15, pp. [263]–back flyleaf recto VI.B.14, pp. [001]–[019] 42.430–435


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 in 1938.

Other Markings

The notebook was marked "15" in blue crayon on the front flyleaf verso, probably by Joyce. He wrote "21/7/38" on the front flyleaf verso in green ink.


The manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile in JJA 42.364–435. MS VI.B.14 was published in The Finnegans Wake Notebooks at Buffalo: VI.B.14, edited by Vincent Deane, Daniel Ferrer and Geert Lernout (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2001).


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".