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. 150218comp
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Mark on the Wall.

    Richmond : 1919

    First separate edition, second overall, one of 1,000 copies printed. Originally published in 1917 as part of the Hogarth Press's first publication, Two Stories, it is here incorporating Virginia Woolf's "slight editorial changes" (Willis). This copy with the ownership signature of the Bloomsburyite John Hampson Simpson, whose novel, Saturday Night at... Learn More

    Stock Code: 150218

  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

    Stock Code: 148657

  3. 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

    Stock Code: 148297

  4. 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

    Stock Code: 144822

  5. 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

    Stock Code: 144628

  6. 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

    Stock Code: 137334

  7. 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

    Stock Code: 131267

  8. Prelude.
    MANSFIELD, Katherine. Prelude.

    Richmond : [1918]

    First edition, sole printing, one of 300 copies hand printed by the Woolfs, this copy exceptionally bright. This is theoretically the second issue as the Ferguson woodcut does not appear on the front wrapper. It is however admitted that the tiny number known to exist with the woodcut were trials as Virginia Woolf vetoed the illustration. This is an... Learn More

    Stock Code: 150010

  9. The Hotel.
    WOOLF, Leonard. The Hotel.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, one of a reported 1,000 copies, this being a remarkably attractive example. The Hotel, a short black comedy, is often referred to as Woolf's least well-known published work. It was, in his own words, "written in the tension of those horrible years of Hitler's domination" (Leventhal & Stansky, p. 147).

    This copy... Learn More

    Stock Code: 149892

  10. The Portrait of Mr. W. H.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Portrait of Mr. W. H.


    Pirated edition, one of 200 copies printed for private circulation, Roger Senhouse's copy, with his bookplate and ownership inscription to the half-title.

    Senhouse (1899-1970), educated at Eton and Oxford, became a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group and in 1935 became partner with Fredric Warburg of the publishing firm Secker & Warburg,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142192

  11. Queen Victoria.
    STRACHEY, Lytton. Queen Victoria.

    London : 1921

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper,"G. H. Grubb, With kind regards, Lytton Strachey". The recipient was the London chief of the American publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons and corresponded with many authors, including Virginia Woolf and Walter de la Mare.

    Strachey's biography of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 149208

  12. 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

    Stock Code: 147720

  13. 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

    Stock Code: 147718

  14. 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

    Stock Code: 145082

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

    London : 1938

    First trade edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 148836

  16. Even More For Your Garden.
    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. 56-7) was originally published in the Observer. Learn More

    Stock Code: 146408

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

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, an exceptionally fresh copy.

    This copy came from the collection of William Beekman, though without his bookplate. 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

    Stock Code: 145250

  18. 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

    Stock Code: 138410

  19. 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

    Stock Code: 141433

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


    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

    Stock Code: 141434

  21. 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

    Stock Code: 143674

  22. 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

    Stock Code: 143062

  23. 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

    Stock Code: 126655

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