A Biography.London: The Hogarth Press, 1928 Stock Code: 145082
In the jacketFirst 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 Hogarth Press trade edition follows only a signed limited edition published in New York nine days earlier.
This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance, bearing the bookplate of William Beekman to the front pastedown. Much of Beekman's excellent Bloomsbury Group and Hogarth Press collection now forms part of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library.
Octavo. Original orange cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With dust jacket.
Frontispiece and 7 photographic illustrations, including Virginia Woolf as Orlando.
Minimal bumping to corners, the binding otherwise sharp and vibrant, internally crisp. An excellent copy in the jacket, bright and smart but for one long closed tear around foot of spine panel discreetly repaired, and a few other small tears and chips.
Kirkpatrick A11b; Woolmer 185.
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