“Would there be trees if we didn't see them?”: FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S THE YEARS, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
Item Number: 62048
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.
Virginia Woolf struggled for years with this novel, hoping to incorporate into a fictional form deep and meaningful commentary on the English middle class. Her efforts to revise, rewrite and edit what would become her longest work led her to compare it to "a long childbirth." On publication, audiences and critics responded eagerly, making her truly wealthy for the first time in her life. Viewed as her masterpiece, here Woolf "triumphantly accomplished what she set out to achieve: 'a full, bustling live book'" (Bradshaw & Blyth, eds., The Years).
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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.
"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.
“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.
“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.
"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.
“Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television”: Rare Artist's Sketch of Woody Allen; Signed by Woody Allen
Rare graphite artist’s sketch of American director and comedian Wood Allen. Signed by Woody Allen in the upper left corner of the sketch. Additionally signed by the artist, P.B. Socci. Active in the mid 1970s, American artist Pat B. Socci gained a reputation for seeking out Hollywood icons to sign his sketched portraits. The drawing measures 8.75 inches by 11.5 inches. A unique example.
"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.
"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.
Doubleday, Page & Company: Garden City, NY, 1925.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Anzia Yezierska on the limitation page. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.