"Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there...a ghostly couple": First edition of Virginia Woolf's A Haunted House and other short stories; in the rare original dust jacket
A Haunted House and Other Short Stories.
Item Number: 96193
London: Hogarth Press, 1943.
First edition of Woolf’s final collection of short stories. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Vanessa Bell.
Shortly before her death, Woolf decided to prepare a second volume of short stories which would include most of those published in 'Monday or Tuesday' (the only volume of short stories published during her lifetime) as well as some published subsequently in magazines or hitherto unpublished. Two years after her death, her husband Leonard attempted to carry out her intention with the present volume, which contains A Haunted House, The String Quartet, The Lady in the Looking-Glass, and The Searchlight among others.
Other Books by this Author
The Hogarth Press: London, 1947.
First edition of this collection of essays, sketches, and literary criticisms. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with minor chipping to the crown and foot of the spine.
“Would there be trees if we didn't see them?”: FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S THE YEARS, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
London: Hogarth Press, 1937.
First edition of the most successful of Woolf’s later novels, often viewed as her masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning to the spine. Jacket design by Vanessa Bell. An nice example.
Rare original postcard handwritten and signed by influential British novelist Virginia Woolf to her brother-in-law Clive Bell. The postcard reads, “Perugia 16th May Do you remember Perugia, Mugliston, & the lady who fell out of the train? Here we are. V.W.” In September of 1908, Virginia Woolf accompanied her sister Vanessa, brother-in-law Clive, and their first child Julian to Italy and France. It was during this time that Virginia’s longstanding rivalry with her sister escalated and her flirtation with her sister’s husband, Clive, began. The reciprocal flirtation lasted on and off from 1908 to 1914, by which time her sister’s marriage was near its end. The postcard was likely written during Woolf’s 1927 trip to Italy with her husband, Leonard Woolf. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Woolf. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 11.75 inches.
“Fear no more, says the heart": First American Edition of Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1925.
First American edition of one of Woolf’s best-known novels. Octavo, original orange cloth. Light rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small chips. A very nice example.
"There is nothing I should like better than your grand footman's party - but I don't see any chance of being in London on the 25th": Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Virginia Woolf
Rare original letter signed and entirely in the hand of Virginia Woolf. The letter reads, “Dear Lady Jones, (I had hoped we had cut off our titles, but submit) There is nothing I should like better than your grand footman’s party – but I don’t see any chance of being in London on the 25th. We’re trying to avoid London this winter and stick to Rodmell. If you saw what a turmoil we live in here, how all our lives are littered in politics, author lawsuits…so don’t tempt me. But later I hope you will…then I (I don’t speak for Leonard who is away) willingly succumb. Many thanks ahead. Yours Ever Virginia Woolf.” Virginia and her husband Leonard bought Monk’s House Cottage in the village of Rodmell in 1919 where the received many fellow English writers and intellectuals including T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, Roger Fry and Lytton Strachey. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Woolf. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 13.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
London: The Hogarth Press, 1933.
First edition of Woolf’s fictional “stream of consciousness” tale by Flush, a dog, telling the story of his owner, Elizabeth Browning. Octavo, original cloth, with four original drawings by Vanessa Bell and six other illustrations. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"How beautiful a London Street is then, with its islands of light and its long groves of darkness": Signed limited first edition of Virgina Woolf's Street Haunting: A London Adventure
San Francisco: The Westgate Press, 1930.
Signed limited edition of Virginia Woolf’s beautifully presented short story. Octavo, original blue morocco over patterned boards. One of 500 copies signed by Woolf, this is number 159. In fine condition. Housed in the rare original slipcase which is in near fine condition. A lovely example.
“What does the brain matter compared with the heart?”: First Edition of Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Hogarth Press, 1925.
First edition of one of Woolf’s best-known novels, one of only 2000 copies. Octavo, original orange cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light wear to the extremities. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to the pastedown. An exceptional example, scarce and desirable in the original dust jacket and in this condition.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
"I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land": Rare Theodor Herzl Shana Tova Postcard and Embroidered Silk Handkerchief from the Second Zionist Congress
Rare 19th century Shana Tova postcard from the Second World Zionist Congress featuring a central portrait of Theodor Herzl flanked by other Zionist leaders Bernard Lazare, Max E. Mandelstamm, Theodor Gaster and Max Nordau. Below the portraits is a biblical verse in Hebrew from Ezekiel 37:21, “Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land” with images of a farmer in Eretz Israel and figures praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Paired with a rare silk handkerchief with floral embroidery and an engraved portrait of Herzl flanked by New Year’s greetings in Yiddish. Both items are in near fine condition. The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The handkerchief measures 10 inches by 10 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Judaica.
"A charming record of the personality of a vanished race and a vanished day"(Eudora Welty): First edition of Nabokov's memoir of his early life
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951.
First edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s brilliantly written memoir of his youth. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown and foot of the spine.
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me": First edition of Daphne du Maurier's masterpiece Rebecca
London: Victor Gollancz Limited, 1938.
First edition of du Maurier’s masterpiece later made into the Oscar-winning 1940 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with one small closed tear and light rubbing to the extremities. A nice example.