The Common Reader: First and Second Series.London: Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1925 & 1932 Stock Code: 146747
Lovely copies, in the dust jackets designed by Vanessa BellFirst editions, first impressions, of two works that are tough to find in collectable condition, in particularly nice examples of the Vanessa Bell-designed dust jackets.
These two volumes, the "pillars of Virginia Woolf's essays" include critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared publications such as Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, Athenæum, New Statesman, Life and Letters, Dial, Vogue, and The Yale Review (Clarke, introduction). "Woolf was trying to bring imagination and cohesion to a disparate collection, unified only by her approach and personality The Times itself saw Woolf as 'a novelist deliberately using her creative imagination' and praised her for 'conducting us not into the classroom but out of it'" (ibid.).
2 volumes, octavo. First Series: original cloth backed decorated paper boards; with the dust jacket. Second Series: original green cloth, titles to spine gilt; with the dust jacket.
Small bookplate to front pastedown. A lovely set, faint traces of tape removal to boards of vol I, spine and boards toned to vol. II, these trivial flaws aside, unusually sharp and bright copies in the scarce jackets that have a few minor chips, else bright and notably well-preserved.
Kirkpatrick A8a & A18a; Woolmer 81 & 315. Stuart N. Clarke (ed.), The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Volume 5: 1929-1932.
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