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WOOLF, Leonard S.

The Village in the Jungle.

Published: London: Edward Arnold, 1913

Stock code: 84287

Price: £3,250

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to Lytton Strachey on the front free endpaper, “To G.L.S. from L.S.W. 21 Feb 1913”, and with Strachey’s bookplate on the front pastedown. Beginning in 1904, Woolf spent seven years in the colonial administration of Ceylon, a period he later described as his “anti-imperialist education”. “Striving to improve the lives of the villagers with an efficiency that was at times ruthless, he became increasingly ambivalent about his government’s mismanagement of jungle agriculture, the absurdity of one civilization imposing itself on another, and the hypocrisy of the British failure to prepare its colony for self-government. Returning on leave to England in 1911, Woolf began The Village in the Jungle, a novel that movingly reflected these concerns. He became involved again in London with his Cambridge friends and relatives who now made up the Bloomsbury group” (ODNB), including Lytton Strachey, who would remain a close friend of Leonard and his soon-to-be-wife, Virginia Stephen. A wonderful association.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt. Housed in a blue cloth flat back box. Spine rolled, cloth rubbed, a little wear at ends of spine, two dark spots to upper board, spotting to endpapers and title page. A very good copy.

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