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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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  1. The Voyage Out.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Voyage Out.

    London : 1915

    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
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 73631

  2. Night and Day.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Night and Day.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's second novel. Published in October 1919, this is one of 2,000 copies only. This book is uncommonly found in such good condition with the titles still blue on the spine. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148657

  3. Monday or Tuesday.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.

    Richmond : 1921

    First edition, first impression, of the only collection of Woolf's short stories to be published in her lifetime, further developing her modernist style which would blossom in the coming years, and continuing her collaboration with her sister Vanessa Bell who provided the cover design and illustrations. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 138873

  4. 137334
    WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.

    Richmond : 1921

    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories. Leonard Woolf stated that the work "was printed by F. T. McDermott of the Prompt Press, Richmond, who used to give him advice on printing problems when he and Mrs. Woolf first started the Hogarth Press" (Kirkpatrick). Woolf was concerned about the quality of Monday... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137334

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    WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.

    Richmond : 1922

    First edition, first impression. One of probably 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 40 active subscribers who had supported... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 38018

  6. Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.

    Hogarth House, Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey : Sunday [?12 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 which the Woolfs began to run... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 126655

  7. Jacob's Room.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression. Jacob's Room, Woolf's third novel, was the first full-length book to be published by the Hogarth Press, and marked the point from which the Woolfs decided to run the Press as a genuine business concern. Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 28033

  8. Jacob's Room.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.

    Richmond : 1922

    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 who had supported the press's... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 65828

  9. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.

    London : 1924

    First edition, first impression. This essay, on writing, reading, and modernity, was published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press on 30 October 1924. The first instalment of the first series of Hogarth Essays, it is one of 1,000 copies. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 145961

  10. The Common Reader: First and Second Series.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader: First and Second Series.

    London : 1925 & 1932

    First editions, first impressions, of two works that are tough to find in collectable condition, in particularly nice examples of the Vanessa Bell-designed dust jackets.

    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... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 146747

  11. The Common Reader.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression, of the first of the two volumes of Woolf's Common Reader, collecting critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared in various publications. Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 146658

  12. To the Lighthouse.
    WOOLF, Virginia. To the Lighthouse.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, with the front panel of Vanessa Bell's scarce dust jacket laid in at the front, and a Woolf signature (clipped from the Beau Brummell signed limited edition) laid in also.

    To the Lighthouse was "written at the height of her luminous Impressionist vision... It is the sunniest of her books and shows the obsession... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 147068

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    WOOLF, Virginia. Orlando.

    New York : 1928

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, one of 800 copies signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the verso of the half-title, this copy out-of-series. Woolf's Orlando is widely recognized as a masterpiece of modernist and feminist literature, and remains among her best-known works.

    Dedicated to Vita Sackville-West,... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 148335

  14. Orlando.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Orlando.

    New York : 1928

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 109 of 800 copies signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the verso of the half-title. Woolf's Orlando is widely recognized as a masterpiece of modernist and feminist literature, and remains among her best-known works.

    Dedicated to Vita Sackville-West, whose androgynous... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 148334

  15. Orlando.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Orlando.

    London : 1928

    First trade edition, first impression. Woolf's Orlando is widely recognized as a masterpiece of modernist and feminist literature, and remains among her best-known works. Dedicated to Vita Sackville-West, whose androgynous personality inspired the character, the book was described by her son Nigel Nicholson as "the longest love letter in history". This... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 146424

  16. Beau Brummell.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Beau Brummell.

    New York : 1930

    Signed limited edition, number 91 of 550 copies only, signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the half-title verso. This essay was first published in Nation and Athenaeum, 28 September 1929. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145936

  17. Memories of a Working Women's Guild. Offprint from.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Memories of a Working Women's Guild. Offprint from.

    1930

    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 Movement and regularly held... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 46212

  18. The Waves.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Waves.

    London : 1931

    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).

    The text is woven from the interior voices of its six protagonists, who were... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 147718

  19. Aurora Leigh. Offprint from
    WOOLF, Virginia. Aurora Leigh. Offprint from

    1931

    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 it has "left no successors",... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 46203

  20. Flush.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Flush.

    London : 1933

    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 were in this format. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138408

  21. The Years.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Years.

    London : 1937

    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 basis for Three Guineas.... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 147720

  22. The Years.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Years.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. This is Woolf's penultimate novel, also the most popular during her lifetime. She began writing it in the early 1930s as a novel-essay titled The Pargiters, and subsequently divided it into two parts: the fiction portion became The Years and the essay portion the basis for Three Guineas. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 36188

  23. Three Guineas.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Three Guineas.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Written as a companion piece to her earlier essay, A Room of One's Own, Woolf addresses how women can influence and prevent the rise of militarism, even though they are excluded from education, professional employment, and the public sphere. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138941

  24. Reviewing.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Reviewing.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression. This essay, published on 2 November 1939, was the fourth instalment of the Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlets series. It is one of 5,140 copies printed. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 145970

  25. Roger Fry: A Biography.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Roger Fry: A Biography.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's biography of Roger Fry, English painter and fellow member of the Bloomsbury Group. Woolf wrote the biography at the request of the Fry family. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 138410

  26. Between the Acts.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Between the Acts.

    London : 1941

    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's final novel, published four months after her death. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 148297

  27. The Death of the Moth and Other Essays.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Death of the Moth and Other Essays.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression, of Virginia Woolf's posthumously published collection of essays, which she was working on as a follow up to the Common Reader prior to her death, and subsequently seen through the press by her husband Leonard Woolf.

    This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance, bearing the bookplate of William Beekman... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145083

  28. The Letters; The Diaries.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Letters; The Diaries.

    London : 1975-84

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Woolf's collected letters and diaries.

    The letters, edited by Nigel Nicolson, record in stunning detail the evolution of Woolf's unmistakable style and provide an impressively comprehensive gathering of her correspondence from childhood until her death in 1941. Woolf's diaries, which she... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 147771

  29. 147767
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Letters; The Diaries.

    London : 1975-84

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Woolf's collected letters and diaries.

    The letters, edited by Nigel Nicolson, record in stunning detail the evolution of Woolf's unmistakable style and provide an impressively comprehensive gathering of her correspondence from childhood until her death in 1941. Woolf's diaries, which she... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 147767

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