First edition of Virginia Woolf's Flush: A Biography
Flush: A Biography.
Item Number: 96205
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.
One of the most important modernist 20th century authors, British novelist Virginia Woolf became a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Woolf became one of the central subjects of the 1970s movement of feminist criticism, and her works have since garnered much attention and widespread commentary for "inspiring feminism", an aspect of her writing that was unheralded earlier. Woolf's best known works include Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), The Waves (1931).
Other Books by this Author
"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
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.
"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.
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.
“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.
"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.
“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.
“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.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts This Is My Story; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1937.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Small bookplate to the front pastedown, near fine in a bright near fine with a few small closed tears. Uncommon in this condition and signed.
First Editions of the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion's Memoirs Volumes 1-3 Signed by Him
Tel Aviv: Am Oved Publishers, 1973-74.
First editions of volumes 1-4 of David Ben-Gurion’s memoirs in Hebrew. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Volumes 1-3 signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page in Hebrew. Ben-Gurion lived to see the publishing of only the first three volumes. Previous owners small stamp and pen writing on front free endpapers, tape residue on the front and rear endpapers. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable signed by the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel.