A Biography.New York, Crosby Gaige, 1928 Stock Code: 138492
NotesFirst edition, signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the verso of the half-title, this copy a publisher's presentation copy, out of series from the stated edition of 861 copies, inscribed on the colophon "for D., G., & J. Smith Feb. 28, 1930, from James W." by James R. Wells, who took over Gaige's publishing firm in January 1929.
This signed edition preceded the first trade edition, published in the UK, by nine days, and consequently constitutes the first publication of the novel. Crosby Gaige's publishing firm was a pioneer in publishing modern literature in fine-press editions, continued by Wells after his take-over of the firm. Woolf's Orlando is widely recognized as a masterpiece of modernist and feminist literature, and remains among her best-known works.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles and English rose decoration to spine in gilt, publisher's device to front cover in gilt, cream endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Frontispiece and 7 photographic illustrations, including one of Virginia Woolf as Orlando.
Spine a little sunned, tiny patches of wear at extremities, very light rubbing to rear cover. A very good copy.
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