To the Lighthouse.

“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves": First Edition of Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

To the Lighthouse.

WOOLF, Virginia.


Item Number: 116345

London: Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1927.

First edition of one of Woolf’s most popular and acclaimed major novels, in the extremely rare original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell, Woolf’s sister. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the crown of the spine. Jacket design by Vanessa Bell. From the library of Elizabeth Paepcke, with her signature in pencil to the front free endpaper. Paepcke, along with her husband Walter were philanthropists best noted for founding the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Skiing Company in the early 1950s, both of which helped transform the town of Aspen, Colorado into an international resort destination and popularize the sport of skiing in the United States. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, especially in this condition and with noted provenance.

Published two years after Mrs. Dalloway and three years before The Waves, To the Lighthouse “displays Woolf’s technique of narrating through stream of consciousness and imagery at its most assured, rich, and suggestive” (Drabble, 990). “In its portrayal of life… it gives us an interlude of vision that must stand at the head of all Virginia Woolf’s work” (New York Times). To the Lighthouse was “written at the height of her luminous Impressionist vision… It is the sunniest of her books and shows the obsession with rendering the passage of time which dominated her later work. With her prosperous upper middle class academic background of the late Victorian establishment, Virginia Woolf is always walking a tight-rope in her desire to get away from it and portray ordinary people as a novelist should, hence the mixture of respect and irony with which she surveys its security and solid values” (Connolly). It was named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels since 1923. It was adapted to film in 1983 by Hugh Stoddart, directed by Colin Gregg, and produced by Alan Shallcross.

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