Seducers in Ecuador.London: Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1924 Stock Code: 148623
First edition, first impression, of the first book by Vita Sackville-West published by Woolf at the Hogarth Press. Published in a run of 1,500 copies, it is rarely found in the jacket and in such good condition.
The pair had first met in December 1922, and quickly became confidants and friends. Seducers in Ecuador followed on 30 October 1924, with a dedication to Woolf, and the two women began an affair the next year.
Woolf praised Sackville-West's novel as "the sort of thing I should like to write myself", and in a letter to the author described how much she liked "its texture - the sense of all the fine things you have dropped in to it, so that it is full of beauty in itself when nothing is happening... I am very glad that we are going to publish it, and extremely proud and indeed touched, with my childlike dazzled affection for you, that you should dedicate it to me" (15 September 1924). Following the book's publication, Woolf wrote to Sackville-West that "Seducers in Ecuador looks very pretty, rather like a ladybird" (4 October 1924).
Octavo. Original red and black marbled cloth, paper label to spine lettered in red, top edge red. With dust jacket.
The binding sharp and vibrant, internally crisp. A fine copy in very good jacket, small chips to corners, spine a touch toned, joints tender but holding.
Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme A12a; Woolmer 52.
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