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WOOLF, Virginia.

Orlando.

A Biography.

New York: Crosby Gaige, 1928 Stock Code: 148334
£3,750.00
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"The longest love letter in history"

First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 109 of 800 copies signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the verso of the half-title. 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 signed edition preceded the first trade edition, published in the UK, by nine days, and constitutes the first publication of the novel. Crosby Gaige's publishing firm was a pioneer in publishing modern literature in fine-press editions.

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Description

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.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and 7 photographic illustrations, including one of Virginia Woolf as Orlando.

Condition

Spine slightly faded, head of front board sunned, contents clean. A very good copy.

Bibliography

Kirkpatrick A11a.

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