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Bloomsbury

Rare books and ephemera relating to the Bloomsbury Group, a loose collection of writers, philosophers, artists and intellectuals living and working in the first half of the 20th century. The group was centred around Virginia Woolf, her husband Leonard and her sister, the artist Vanessa Bell, but also included the economist John Maynard Keynes, the artists Duncan Grant and Roger Fry and the art critic Clive Bell.

Included are the books published by the Hogarth Press, the small press founded by Virginia and Leonard, which published the work of many of their friends and colleagues.

 

Private Passions: A Bloomsbury rare book exhibition for Fendi Couture, curated with Kim Jones

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  1. Civilization.
    BELL, Clive. Civilization.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, this copy with nice provenance, with the ownership inscription to the front pastedown of the author's elder brother, the Lieutenant-Colonel and Conservative MP William Cory Heward Bell,

    Clive Bell was part of the Bloomsbury Group and married Virginia Woolf's sister Vanessa Bell, who designed many of Woolf's dust... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 145802

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 148668
    FORSTER, E. M. A Passage to India.

    London : 1924

    First edition, first impression of the author's "masterpiece and... finest achievement". The novel was adapted into the Academy award-winning film of 1984 of the same name, starring Peggy Ashcroft, Judy David, James Fox, and Alex Guinness. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 148668

  6. Public Faces. A Novel.
    NICOLSON, Harold. Public Faces. A Novel.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, of Nicolson's great (and, from the jacket blurb, seemingly prophetic) political novel: "Staged in the Foreign Office, the book describes how, during the first week of June, 1939, Great Britain becomes involved in an international crisis, which exposes her to the alternative of complete humiliation or of war against a... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 147737

  7. 141433
    ROBINSON, Earl. Autograph letter signed, arranging a concert.

    [No date, circa 1960s]

    Autograph letter signed from the folk singer Earl Robinson to the journalist and peace campaigner Ray Gardner (1919-1997), arranging a performance, probably related to the peace movement. Robinson will fly into Seattle and send details ahead, asking Gardner to find him a guitar to borrow, and a piano too, preferable a grand on spinet type so he can... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 141433

  8. Solitude. A Poem.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Solitude. A Poem.

    London : 1938

    First trade edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 148836

  9. Solitude. A Poem.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Solitude. A Poem.

    London : 1938

    First trade edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper.

    A signed limited issue of 100 copies was published on 22 October 1938, simultaneously with this trade edition, but in a vellum-backed binding. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 148832

  10. 146408
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Even More For Your Garden.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression. Sackville-West collected her "highly successful gardening columns" (ODNB) in a series of four books, this one being the final volume; all but one essay found here (pp. 56-57) was originally published in the Observer. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 146408

  11. Signed photograph and typed letter signed.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Signed photograph and typed letter signed.

    15 March 1945

    A fine typed letter signed from Vita Sackville-West to a reader, Miss Richardson, thanking her for her "nice letter about my book on the Women's Land Army. It is very gratifying to know that you have read it more than once and I expect that you can now give your mother a great deal of information about the Land Army which perhaps she did not already... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 147033

  12. 146880
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Challenge.

    New York : [1923]

    First edition, first printing, first issue green cloth. The work was published in the US after Lady Sackville objected to its publication, and prevailed on Vita to withdraw it from the UK publishers, William Collins. Challenge is a fictional account of Vita Sackville-West's affair with Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), which began while the pair were still... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 146880

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Family History.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Family History.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, an exceptionally fresh copy. This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance, bearing the bookplate of William Beekman loosely inserted. Much of Beekman's excellent Bloomsbury Group and Hogarth Press collection now forms part of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 145250

  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. Autograph manuscript opposing the Vietnam War.
    SPOCK, Benjamin. Autograph manuscript opposing the Vietnam War.

    1967

    Three-page autograph manuscript opposing the Vietnam War by the American paediatrician Benjamin Spock, sent for publication to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), journalist and editor at the Toronto Star Weekly, and himself a peace campaigner and sometime Chairman of the British Columbia Peace Council; together with an autograph and three typed letters signed... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 141434

  18. 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
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 147579

  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. 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

  21. 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

  22. Signed typescript defending political violence.
    VALLIÈRES, Pierre. Signed typescript defending political violence.

    1971

    Original signed typescript by Pierre Vallières (1938-1998), the intellectual leader of the Front de libération du Québec, defending the use of political violence to effect social change. The typescript was sent to the journalist and editor Ray Gardner (1919-1997), for publication as an article in the Toronto Star. The typescript, "La violence est-elle... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141435

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. The Voyage Out.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Voyage Out.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's first published novel. Originally titled Melymbrosia, Woolf worked on The Voyage Out from 1907 until its publication in March 1915. The resulting work "was a literary debut that marked Virginia as a writer worth watching" (Licence). Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 148975

  28. 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

  29. 148335comp
    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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. Monday or Tuesday.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.

    Richmond : 1921

    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories, and an early Hogarth Press production. 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... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137334

  39. 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

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