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Rare books by Virginia Woolf, including first editions and signed first edition copies of To The Lighthouse and Jacob’s Room.

Rare books by Virginia Woolf, including first editions, signed and finely bound copies, and original letters and manuscripts.Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was an author, literary critic and publisher. A central member of London’s Bloomsbury Group, she was also an important figure in the modernist movement alongside James Joyce and T. S. Eliot. Woolf’s literary ambition was to reach beyond the traditional plot structure of realism to illuminate the subtle moments of everyday life that define a character.


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Video: Jacob's Room, Virginia Woolf. First Edition 1922

Virginia Woolf, Orlando, first edition presentation copy 1928

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  1. 129359
    First edition, of Julia Stephen's discussion of good nursing practice. The work demonstrates "a fine attention to detail - and to language: it includes an eloquent and witty passage on the torment of crumbs in bed" (ODNB). Stephen (1846-1895) was Virginia Woolf's mother, and an active philanthropist who "travelled round... Learn More
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  2. The Life and Letters of Leslie Stephen.
    First edition. The book contains Virginia Woolf's first appearance in a book at pp. 474-6, chapter XI, "The Sunset". Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 84698

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  3. 126009
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. The Voyage Out introduces the character of Clarissa Dalloway, most famous as the central character of Mrs Dalloway (1925). Learn More
    £1,500

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  4. 122789
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, advance copy, with the publisher's ink stamp to the title "To be published on 26 Mar. 1915". Woolf's first published novel "was a literary debut that marked Virginia as a writer worth watching" (Licence). Learn More
    £1,950

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  5. 73631
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. Learn More
    £1,500

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  6. 43261
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,850

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  7. [The novels and short stories, comprising:]
    First editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 110799

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  8. 31343
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 31343

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  9. 41311
    First Edition, First Impression. One of just 2000 copies printed. Learn More
    £1,400

    Stock Code: 41311

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  10. The Voyage Out.
    First US Edition. An unrecorded variant binding, consistent in design to that recorded by Kirkpatrick but in a different shade and weave of cloth and with the stamping to the upper board reversed. The text was revised by Woolf for this edition. Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 26714

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  11. 128376
    First US edition, first printing, of Woolf's second novel. Scarce in the jacket; Kirkpatrick noted that there was "no specimen of dust jacket available" when writing the bibliography. Learn More
    £3,750

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  12. 128377
    First edition, first impression. Woolf was concerned about the quality of Monday or Tuesday and what its critical reception would be, and wrote in her diary on 6 March 1921 that "Nessa approves of Monday or Tuesday-mercifully; & thus somewhat redeems it in my eyes". One of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories,... Learn More
    £2,500

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  13. 41211
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

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  14. 65828comp
    First edition, first impression. One of 40 "A" subscribers' copies with the part-printed limitation label to the front free endpaper completed in ink by Virginia Woolf and signed by her. These copies were issued in advance of the trade publication and were not issued in dust jacket; they were given to the active subscribers... Learn More
    £27,500

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  15. 28033
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 28033

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  16. 126655

    Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.

    Hogarth House, Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey: Sunday [?12th November 1922]

    An exceptional letter connecting two of the key figures of the English modernist movement, here in their capacity as publisher/editors in the annus mirabilis of modernist publishing. Virginia Woolf writes to T. S. Eliot, addressing him familiarly as "Tom", on Hogarth House stationery towards the end of 1922, the year in... Learn More
    £7,500

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  17. 87261comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to Vanessa Bell, inscribed by the author on publication: "Vanessa Bell from V.W. Oct. 1922". An exceptional association copy: Jacob's Room was the first of VW's books for which Vanessa Bell designed the dust jacket, and the text represents VW's attempt to do in fictional... Learn More
    £85,000

    Stock Code: 87261

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  18. 128378
    First edition, first impression, of the first Woolf novel printed by her Hogarth Press, in the rare dust jacket designed by her sister Vanessa Bell. Jacob's Room was Woolf's breakthrough third novel, about the life of Jacob Flanders and his death in the First World War. The work was "recognized, in its stunningly mischievous... Learn More
    £25,000

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  19. 125945
    First editions, first impressions, of two works that are particularly tough to find in collectable condition. These two volumes, the "pillars of Virginia Woolf's essays" include critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared publications such as Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, Athenæum,... Learn More
    £4,500

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  20. 132320comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, number 195 of 450 copies printed at the Hogarth Press, inscribed on the limitation leaf, "Ethel Smyth from Virginia Woolf", also with a pencil note in Woolf's hand to the text of her Introduction. It is the only signed or personally inscribed copy that we can trace, auction... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 132320

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  21. 130267
    Original typescript draft with autograph corrections by Woolf of one of her most defining essays, by descent from the editor responsible for bringing the essay to publication, Geoffrey Parsons (1879-1956). Published in the New York Herald Tribune on Sunday, 16 October 1927, Woolf's review of E. M. Forster's Aspects of Fiction... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 130267

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  22. 132764
    First edition, first impression. 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). It was "written at the height of her luminous Impressionist... Learn More
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  23. 122395detail
    Virginia Woolf's original typescript, with her autograph corrections in eight places, for her first introduction to Mrs Dalloway, published in the Modern Library edition in 1928. Neither the first edition published by the Hogarth Press in 1925, nor the American edition published by Harcourt, Brace & Co later in the same... Learn More
    £27,500

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  24. 132834comp
    First trade edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author to Lydia Lopokova, "Lydia from Virginia" on the front free endpaper. Lopokova was a dancer with the ballet Russes who had married John Maynard Keynes in 1925 and thus become an unlikely member of the Bloomsbury group. In the list of friends... Learn More
    £12,500

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  25. 130352
    First trade edition, first impression. This edition was preceded only by the New York signed limited edition, published nine days previously. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130352

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  26. 126083comp
    First edition in book form, signed limited issue, number 148 of 250 copies signed and numbered by the author in her typical purple ink. Written by Woolf after experiencing a period of severe manic-depression, On Being Ill was first published in essay form in T. S. Eliot's New Criterion in January 1926. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 126083

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  27. 122651comp
    Signed limited edition, number 161 of 550 copies, signed by the author in her customary purple ink. Learn More
    £2,000

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  28. 46212
    First printing of this essay, reprinted (revised) as the introduction to Life as We Have Known It, Margaret Llewelyn Davies (ed), Hogarth Press 1931; collected in The Captain's Death Bed, 1950; Selections from Her Essays, 1966; Collected Essays, Vol. 4, 1967. Woolf had an active interest in the Labour Party and Co-operative... Learn More
    £500

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  29. On Being Ill.
    First edition, first impression; one of a limited 250 copies signed by the author, this one numbered "Out of Series" in Woolf's hand. From the library of the prominent composer, memoirist and suffragette Ethel Smyth, who first met Woolf in February 1930; she had just read A Room of One's Own, and hunted down its author as... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 79863

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  30. 134151
    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's most ambitious and experimental novel, hailed by Cyril Connolly as her "masterpiece". "It is one of the books which comes nearest to stating the mystery of life and so, in a sense, nearest to solving it" (Connolly, p. 49). Learn More
    £1,250

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  31. 46203
    First printing of this appreciation of Elizabeth Barret Browning's Aurora Leigh (1856). Woolf's essay was reprinted and slightly revised in TLS on 2 July 1931; The Common Reader: Second Series, 1932; and in the Collected Essays, Vol. I, 1966. In this essay Woolf analyses Browning's work and writing form, and wonders why... Learn More
    £400

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  32. 79867comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ethel Smyth on the front free endpaper, "Ethel from Virginia 13 Oct 1932". Dame Ethel Smyth was a prominent composer, memoirist and suffragette, who first met Woolf in February 1930; she had just read A Room of One's Own, and hunted down its author... Learn More
    £7,500

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  33. 108339
    First edition, first impression of Woolf's biography of Elizabeth Barret Browning's dog, Flush. Learn More
    £750

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  34. 133130
    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's imaginative biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's dog Flush, "the spaniel who shared the sickroom of Elizabeth Barrett and accompanied her when she eloped with Browning" (ODNB). The dust jacket declares this to be a "large paper edition", but all copies of the first impression... Learn More
    £500

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  35. 36188
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,500

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  36. 47941comp
    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Saxon from Virginia". Cambridge Apostle Saxon Sydney-Turner (1880-1962) was a classics scholar at Cambridge contemporaneous with Bell, Strachey, Leonard, and Thoby Stephen. His presence at Thoby's inaugural "Thursday... Learn More
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  37. 132813
    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's penultimate novel, and the most popular of her novels during her lifetime. Woolf began The Years in the early 1930s as a novel-essay entitled The Pargiters. Woolf subsequently divided it into two parts, with the fiction portion reworked into The Years and the essay portion the... Learn More
    £1,875

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  38. 133138
    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's biography of Roger Fry, the English painter and fellow member of the Bloomsbury Group. Woolf wrote the biography at the request of the Fry family; the print run was 2,530 copies. Learn More
    £750

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  39. 35851
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 35851

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  40. 133113
    First edition, first impression, with the uncommon wraparound band, of this posthumously published collection of 25 essays on the art of fiction and biography. Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 133113

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  41. 128392
    First US edition, first printing, of the posthumously published collection of 25 essays on the art of fiction and biography. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 128392

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