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The Bloomsbury Group

First and signed editions of rare books relating to the Bloomsbury Group, including association copies, inscribed books, presentation copies and signed limited editions.

We are delighted to have curated an exhibition of rare books and manuscripts at the invitation of Kim Jones, for his Fendi Couture debut at Paris Fashion week. The show’s concept was in part inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and her relationship to Vita Sackville-West, as well as the work and life of the Bloomsbury Group and the productions of the Hogarth Press.

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  1. 145461comp
    BUSSY, Dorothy, as Olivia. Olivia.

    London : 1949

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the half-title "To Alexie and John Russell, kind hostess, illegible & friends, Olivia", and with their book label to the front free endpaper. This pseudonymously published lesbian novel by Dorothy Bussy, Lytton Strachey's sister, was dedicated to Virginia Woolf who had died in 1941.

    The novel is based... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 145461

  2. 144864
    WOOLF, Virginia. Between the Acts.

    London : 1941

    First edition, first impression, in unusually nice condition. This is Woolf's final novel, published four months after her death. This copy is from the library of Bloomsbury Group and Hogarth Press collector William Beekman, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 144864

  3. 146170
    CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, this one hand-numbered by Roger Fry. Simpson's Choice was the first work to be published at the Omega Workshop, which was founded in July 1913, and was to be one of only four books completed by the press.

    The original prospectus (not present here) stated the intention of this enterprise,... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 146170

  4. Roger Fry.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Roger Fry.

    Toronto : 1940

    First Canadian Edition, one of 525 copies only, printed from the British sheets, in the same year of publication as the Hogarth Press first edition. The present edition is scarcely found with the dust jacket, which used a different image to the London edition.

    This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance, bearing the bookplate... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145072

  5. 146150
    BLOOMSBURY GROUP - BIRRELL, Francis, & David Garnett. Five catalogues from the Birrell & Garnett Bookshop:

    London : 1925-28

    First and only editions of five of the catalogues produced by the Birrell & Garnett bookshop, founded by the two eponymous Bloomsburyites. This copy was later inscribed and presented by Tony Bradshaw to John Carter (with his book label). This is a great association copy.

    Bradshaw was the owner of The Bloomsbury Workshop, a gallery and bookshop... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 146150

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    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

  7. Compulsory Chapel.
    STEPHEN, Thoby. Compulsory Chapel.

    [Cambridge : 1904]

    First and only edition of this pamphlet, anonymously printed and privately circulated by Thoby Stephen among his Cambridge cohorts, rebelling against compulsory chapel attendance for students and exhorting them to assert their right not to attend. This is a rare survival, Library Hub locates a single copy (Cambridge), WordlCat adds a copy at the BL,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 145469

  8. Un Cuarto Propio. (A Room of One's Own.)
    WOOLF, Virginia; BORGES, Jorge Luis (trans.) Un Cuarto Propio. (A Room of One's Own.)

    Buenos Aires : 1956

    Second edition in Spanish (earliest obtainable), first printing, of Woolf's feminist essay A Room of One's Own (1929). Borges produced the first translation into Spanish, which was also published by Sur, in 1936.

    This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance, bearing the bookplate of William Beekman on the location. Much of Beekman's... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 145680

  9. On Being Ill [in:] The New Criterion.
    WOOLF, Virginia. On Being Ill [in:] The New Criterion.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, including the first appearance in print of Woolf's On Being Ill, which was written after experiencing a period of severe manic-depression and later first published separately by her at the Hogarth Press in 1930. This is a rare find, and especially so in such good condition.

    On Being Ill (pp. 32-45) is here published... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145068

  10. Ad Familiares.
    BELL, Clive. Ad Familiares.

    London : 1917

    First edition, sole printing, one of about 50 copies printed for private distribution, presentation copy to Bloomsbury Group affiliate, Lady Ottoline Morrell, incorporating the first printed word at the start of the text "Dear Ottoline".

    Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), an aristocrat and society hostess, who counted in her artistic and intellectual... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 145465

  11. Pope.
    STRACHEY, Lytton. Pope.

    Cambridge : 1925

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To H.T.J.N. with love from the Author". The recipient was Harry Norton, a fellow Cambridge Apostle and close friend of Strachey's, he was also the dedicatee of Strachey's Eminent Victorians (1918). This is a lovely association copy. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 146014

  12. Nursery Rhymes.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Nursery Rhymes.

    Bayntun : 1947

    First edition, limited issue, number 344 of 550 copies on handmade paper, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "Inscribed for Lucienne Gow by V. Sackville-West". The recipient was the first chairman of the Tenterden Trust, in current Ashford Borough, near Sissinghurst. Only the first 25 copies were issued signed, inscribed copies are rather... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 144628

  13. Stavrogin's Confession and The Plan of the Life of a Great Sinner.
    DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Stavrogin's Confession and The Plan of the Life of a Great Sinner.

    London : 1922

    First edition in English, first impression, in the first issue binding.

    The texts, being a formerly unpublished section of Dostoevsky's The Possessed and a sketch of a novel he never completed entitled The Life of a Great Sinner, were found in Russian archives in 1921 and published there in 1922. The translation is taken from this printing -... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 145253

  14. Charles Lamb.
    BLUNDEN, Edmund (comp.) Charles Lamb.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression, lengthily inscribed by Blunden on the front free endpaper recounting an interview between Lamb and "a Daily Mirage representative" and signed off to his dentist "Apologies to J.J.A. for this misuse of his Book and Waiting-Room, from his affectionate E. Blunden. 1934".

    The recipient was the eminent Irish surgeon... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 145056

  15. 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 suicide, 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... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145083

  16. Bhagavad-Gita.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher, & Swami Prabhavananda (trans.) Bhagavad-Gita.

    Hollywood : 1944

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mary Herbold, with gratitude and good wishes, Christopher Isherwood", and signed within this also by his fellow translator the great guru Swami Prabhavananda. This is a superb association copy of this significant English translation of this major Vedic text.

    The... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 143597

  17. The Writings of E. M. Forster.
    FORSTER, E. M. - MACAULAY, Rose. The Writings of E. M. Forster.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 144158

  18. 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

  19. Landmarks in French Literature.
    STRACHEY, Lytton. Landmarks in French Literature.

    London : 1923

    First edition thus (second overall), first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Dadie from Lytton", and with the recipient's pictorial book plate to the front pastedown, and with a couple of minor corrections in ink by either one of them.

    George Humphrey Wolferstan "Dadie" Rylands (1902-1999), became one of Leonard... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 143674

  20. Talks with Tolstoi.
    GOLDENVEIZER, A. B. Talks with Tolstoi.

    Richmond : 1923

    First edition in English, first impression, one of 1,000 copies only.

    A composer, Goldenveizer was a close friend of Tolstoy in his youth and transcribed many of their conversations. Talks with Tolstoi was taken from the first volume of his diaries, published in Moscow in 1922. For the present edition, Koteliansky translated the text from Russian... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142958

  21. Atalanta's Garland.
    WOOLF, Virginia (contrib.) Atalanta's Garland.

    Edinburgh : 1926

    First edition, first impression, and first appearance of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Woman's College from Outside". This literary and artistic "miscellany" produced to celebrate and fund the Edinburgh University Women's Union in its 21st year.

    It also features writing by, among others, Hilaire Belloc, W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, Fredegond... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142944

  22. Atalanta's Garland.
    WOOLF, Virginia (contrib.), and others. Atalanta's Garland.

    Edinburgh : 1926

    First edition, first impression, and first appearance of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Woman's College from Outside". This literary and artistic "miscellany" produced to celebrate and fund the Edinburgh University Women's Union in its 21st year. Scarce in the jacket and in such good condition.

    It also features writing by, among others, Hilaire Belloc,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143133

  23. Simpson's Choice.
    CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, this copy is unnumbered but marked "Review Copy", and bears the pencil ownership inscription, of the journalist and author Richard Ellis Roberts (1879-1953), to the front free endpaper.

    Roberts was "for a few years from 1928, literary editor of the New Statesman, and a relatively undistinguished... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 143062

  24. 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

  25. Dialogues.
    BIRRELL, Francis (trans.); DIDEROT, Denis. Dialogues.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, of this translation. Inscribed by Frankie Birrell to the Bloomsbury Group members Ralph and Frances Partridge on the front free endpaper: "To Ralph & Frances from the translator". Frances Partridge née Marshall worked at Birrell and Bunny Garnett's bookshop in her early 20s, and records in her autobiography her mother's... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 131854

  26. Le Siecle de Louis XIV.
    VOLTAIRE. Le Siecle de Louis XIV.

    Berlin : 1751

    First edition, with a fine Bloomsbury Group provenance, presented by Lytton Strachey to Frances Marshall later Frances Partridge upon marriage, with a notation of the presentation in the latter's hand "Frances Marshall from Lytton 1931" in pencil on the front free endpaper. At the time of the presentation, Frances was the lover of Ralph Partridge,... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 131267

  27. A series of letters to art historian and biographer Auguste Bréal.
    BUSSY, Dorothy & Simon. A series of letters to art historian and biographer Auguste Bréal.

    Roquebrune, London, Nice, etc. : 1919-40

    Dorothy Bussy (née Strachey) had translated Bréal's book on Velazquez back in 1905 and the present letters have an easy intimacy throughout. In the first she introduces J. M. Keynes "(pronounced Canes) He is something of a swell an intimate friend of my brother Lytton's, Duncan Grant's chief patron, the headquarters in fact of all the Bloomsbury... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 114757

  28. Books & Characters.
    STRACHEY, Lytton. Books & Characters.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression of Strachey's fourth book. Contains papers on various literary figures, including Thomas Browne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Mariet Arouet de Voltaire, of which all but 'A Dialogue' had previously appeared in different periodicals. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 91844

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