The primary editions of Finnegans Wake


Faber & Faber (UK) 
  • 1st published 1939
    • limited edition 2 February
    • trade edition 4 May with some corrections
  • “Corrections of Misprints in Finnegans Wake” 1945
    (16-page booklet of author’s corrections)
  • reprinted 1946, 1948, 1949
    marginal text of pp. 260-308 reset with some layout errors
  • new edition 1950
    incorporating author’s corrections;
    with appendix listing new errors
  • 3rd edition 1964
    incorporating corrections of 1950 edition,
    marginal text layout of pp. 260-308 partially corrected
  • paperback, 1975
    marginal text layout of pp. 260-308 wholly corrected

Viking Press (USA) 
  • 1st published 1939 (trade edition 4 May)
  • “Corrections of Misprints in Finnegans Wake” 1945
    (16-page booklet of author’s corrections)
    click here for PDF, as scanned by Patrick Parker
  • 4th printing 1945
    with 28-page appendix listing author’s corrections
  • 8th printing 1958
    incorporating author’s corrections
  • Viking Compass edition 1959
    hardcover, reset without regard to original pagination
  • Compass Books edition 1959
    paperback, using setting and pagination of Viking 8th printing, reprinted 15 times 1961-1975
  • Centennial edition 1982

Penguin Books (paperback; Penguin bought Viking in 1975)
  • 1st published 1976
  • Centennial edition 1982
  • G. P. Putnam’s Sons edition? (Penguin bought Putnam Berkley in 1996)
  • Twentieth Century Classics edition 1999
    1939 text; with introduction by John Bishop
  • Modern Classics edition 2000
    1939 text; with introduction by Seamus Deane
  • “Restored” edition (Penguin Modern Classics) 2012 — hardcover
    edited by Danis Rose and John O’Hanlon and reset without regard to original pagination

Wordsworth Classics (UK) (paperback)
  • 1st published 2012
    1939 text; with introduction and notes by Len Platt

Oxford University Press (UK) (paperback, Oxford World’s Classics)
  • 1st published 2012
    newly set incorporating author’s corrections and keeping pagination of original; edited with list of variants by Robbert-Jan Henkes and Erik Bindervoet; introduction, chapter outline, and bibliography by Finn Fordham; James Joyce chronology by Jeri Johnson


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