“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).