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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. 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

  2. 145252
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Edwardians.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression. The Edwardians "celebrated the lavish style of country house life that she had observed in her parents' heyday at Knole" (ODNB). There was also a signed limited edition of 125 copies. This book is uncommon in the jacket and in collectable condition, as here.

    This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145252

  3. 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
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145082

  4. 145470
    BELL, Clive. Poems.

    Richmond : 1921

    First edition, sole impression, one of 350 unnumbered copies only, this one marked "not for sale" to front pastedown and found here with an early custom hand-marbled dust jacket, very much in the Hogarth style.

    This copy has a highly distinguished collectors' provenance, bearing the loosely inserted bookplate of Robert Reedman, associated with... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 145470

  5. 145958comp
    RYLANDS, George. Russet and Taffeta.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression, signed by Rylands on the title page and inscribed by him on the front free endpaper with a quote from Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, Act 5, Scene 2: "Taffeta phrases, silken terms precise.../ I do forswear them....../ Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd / In russet yeas, and honest kersey noes."

    ... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 145958

  6. 145727
    SHOVE, Fredegond. Daybreak.

    Richmond : 1922

    First edition, first impression, with the errata slip loosely inserted. One of only 250 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs. As with many of the hand-printed Hogarth books, this copy has one of a number of the variant patterned papers to the boards. Copies in such good condition are rare, upside-down ones rarer still.

    This copy has a highly distinguished... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 145727

  7. 145525
    BLOOMSBURY - STRACHEY, Lytton; Leonard Woolf; Clive Bell; and others. Euphrosyne.

    Cambridge : 1905

    First edition, sole impression, of this rare poetry anthology that constitutes the very first "Bloomsbury" publication, with anonymous contributions by Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell, and Saxon Sidney-Turner, all peers at Trinity College, Cambridge. This copy has a further Bloomsbury Group association, coming from the library of two Bloomsburyites,... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 145525

  8. 145515
    ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.

    Richmond : 1923

    First UK edition in book form, sole impression, one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs, with the title label in the first state with asterisks (one of three states noted by Gallup, with no priority). This is a great association copy, with the bookplate of the novelist and playwright Richard Arthur Warren Hughes on the front pastedown.

    Hughes... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 145515

  9. A Flying Scroll.
    SNAITH, Stanley. A Flying Scroll.

    London : 1928

    First and only edition. A lovely copy of one of the two Snaith books hand printed by the Woolfs, both of which have always been amongst the scarcest of their kind. It was printed in a run of around 275 copies of which 119 were later pulped.

    This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance, bearing the bookplate of William Beekman to... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145183

  10. 145077
    WOOLF, Leonard S. The Wise Virgins.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first impression, of Leonard Woolf's second and final novel. Rare in its own right, it is even more so in such good condition.

    Based on the early days of his courtship of Virginia after his return from Ceylon, Leonard started writing this roman à clef during their honeymoon and it was published two years later. Much like Leonard... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 145077

  11. Rimeless Numbers.
    TREVELYAN, R. C. Rimeless Numbers.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. Pre-publication presentation copy, inscribed by Trevelyan on the front free endpaper, to the Canadian artist, and dedicatee of Trevelyan's Idylls of Theocritus, Elizabeth Muntz (1894-1977): "'E.M.' Betty, from R.C.T. 21 April 1932". The edition was not published until May. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 145054

  12. The Common Reader: Second Series.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader: Second Series.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, of the second of the two volumes of Woolf's Common Reader, collecting critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared in various publications. With a Hogarth Press advertisement for the works of Virginia Woolf loosely inserted. Hogarth Press books are notoriously fragile, this copy is remarkably... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145071

  13. Stories of the East.
    WOOLF, Leonard. Stories of the East.

    Richmond : 1921

    First edition, sole impression, of this very scarce early Hogarth Press book, one of 300 copies hand printed by the Woolfs and with front wrapper design by Dora Carrington. This copy is an extraordinary survival of an already rare book and fragile book, here in effectively fine condition, uncut and unopened.

    An instant success, with all but three... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 144822

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Orchard and Vineyard.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Orchard and Vineyard.

    London : 1921

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Orchard and Vineyard is Sackville-West's third book of poetry. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 136487

  17. Simpson's Choice.
    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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

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