Jacob's RoomLondon, The Hogarth Press 1922 Stock Code: 128378
NotesFirst edition, first impression, of the first Woolf novel printed by her Hogarth Press, in the rare dust jacket designed by her sister Vanessa Bell. Jacob's Room was Woolf's breakthrough third novel, about the life of Jacob Flanders and his death in the First World War. The work was "recognized, in its stunningly mischievous ellipses and its often absent protagonist, as a new development in the art of fiction; it was hailed by friends such as T.S. Eliot ('you have freed yourself from any compromise between the traditional novel and your original gift') and attacked by, for example, John Middleton Murry for its lack of plot From this time onwards Woolf was regarded as one of the principal exponents of modernism" (Oxford Companion to English Literature). The publication of Jacob's Room marks the point at which the Woolfs decided to take the Hogarth Press forward as a serious publishing venture. 1,200 copies were printed, of which those surviving in jacket are very scarce indeed. This copy has the bookplate of eminent collector Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. (at whose 2001 sale this copy sold for just over 11,000), and the earlier bookplate of pioneering publisher Charles Edmund Merrill Jr., president of Charles E. Merrill Company, who played a role in Judge John M. Woolsey's decision to admit Ulysses into the United States.
Octavo. Original yellow cloth; printed paper label on spine. With the Vanessa Bell illustrated dust jacket. Housed in a black morocco folding case by the Chelsea Bindery.
Bookseller's ticket of "The Holliday Bookshop", New York, to rear pastedown. An exceptionally fresh copy in the dust jacket which is sunned to the spine panel, a little chipped at the head and corners and minimally nibbled at the tail, the fore-edge fold with a few small cracks with some invisible repair inside the front fold.
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