Monday or Tuesday.
With woodcuts by Vanessa Bell.Richmond: The Hogarth Press, 1921 Stock Code: 137334
An attractive copy with an intriguing provenanceFirst 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 was concerned about the quality of Monday or Tuesday and what its critical reception would be, and wrote in her diary on 6 March 1921 that "Nessa approves of Monday or Tuesday-mercifully; & thus somewhat redeems it in my eyes".
This copy has an intriguing provenance, with the "Byrdcliffe" bookplate of Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead (1854-1929). Dismayed by the consequences of industrialization upon artisans and their craftsmanship, he co-founded in 1902, with the help of his wife, Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead, artist Bolton Brown, and writer Hervey White, the utopian Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony of Woodstock, New York. It became one of America's foremost artistic and intellectual communities in the first decades of the 20th century, and one of its centrepieces was its library of nearly 5,000 volumes. "The shelves were stocked with Whitehead's collection of volumes by Homer, Cicero, Virgil, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes, Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, Rudyard Kipling, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Oscar Wilde, John Ruskin, and Kelmscott Press editions of William Morris a well-rounded library of a person of means. One person who especially enjoyed the library was Annie Thompson, sister of metalworker Bertha Thompson, who remembered Whitehead's vast array of Italian, French, and German books. 'There was no librarian we just signed in and out or read them in the comfortable room'." (Guiler).
Octavo. Original quarter brown cloth, paper-covered boards, black and white woodcut to front cover designed by Vanessa Bell.
With 4 full-page woodcuts by Vanessa Bell, and 1 p. of publisher's advertisements at end.
Slight wear to corners, boards somewhat toned, first and last few leaves lightly foxed and toned, a little offsetting. An otherwise remarkably well preserved copy of a fragile book.
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