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VI.C.16: "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 in the hand of Mme Raphael in black ink. There are no colored crayons markings in this notebook. Joyce did not use this notebook for any of the drafts.


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.16, pp. [001]–[065] [MS VI.D.5; missing notebook(s); continued] 42.291–307
MS VI.C.16, pp. [066]–[231] MS VI.B.24, front flyleaf verso–back flyleaf recto 42.307–348
MS VI.C.16, pp. [232]–[274] [MS VI.D.7; missing Ulysses notebook(s)] 42.348–359
vVI.C.16, p. [275]–back flyleaf recto MS VI.B.4, front flyleaf verso–p. [011] 42.359–361


The pages are not numbered.


Mme Raphael prepared the transcriptions in this notebook in 1936 to early 1937 in Paris (TD 34), probably after MS VI.C.10 and before MS VI.C.15, and Joyce used the notebook in 1938.

Other Markings

The notebook was marked "16" in blue crayon on the front flyleaf verso, probably by Joyce.


The manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile in JJA 42.290–361.


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".