London: The Hogarth Press, 1942. First Edition. Hardcover octavo (22 x 14.5cm), pp. 157 + 3 blank; blue cloth covered boards with lettering in gilt on the spine, illustrated dust wrapper designed by Vanessa Bell. Kirkpatrick A27(a).
Head and tail of spine gently bruised, a little more impact is visible near the spine at the base of the rear board; spine and top edge moderately sunned; shallow ridges have made the edges a touch uneven, a ding and a horizontal bruise (12 x 70mm) to the top edge of the front board, two dings and a horizontal bruise (20 x 45mm) to the top of the rear board; corners of front board are gently bruised, corners of the rear board show more impact with 12 x 10mm of bruising to the top corner and 35 x 35mm of bruising to the bottom; covers are slightly bowed vertically with light bubbling and indentations, three small patches where colour has lifted, light toning (heavier close to top edge and spine) and a very faint 30 x 20mm stain on the back cover along the spine; edges of text block a little age toned with a scattering of pinprick fox marks to the top edge; a little tender at gutters, separated at pp.16 & 17; faint residue to front and rear paste downs, as though book plates have been removed; pencil lines to the top corners of pages 38, 43, 52, 58 & 59 and in the margins of pages 43, 52, 58 & 59, one single spot of foxing on each of pages 85-88; ‘6 42’ stamped on lfep; last paste-down bears stamp of ‘The Times Book Club’ and faint pencil notes; pages are otherwise mostly clean and bright, a little age toned, light creasing to corners and near base of spine throughout caused by bruising of boards,
Unclipped dust wrapper has some wear, specifically: light creases and three small chips (largest is 8mm deep) without loss, to the head of the spine; three 1mm closed tears to the tail of the spine; gentle vertical crease the length of the spine; 5mm and 20mm closed vertical tears to the top of the front cover, 10mm closed tears to the bottom; small chips without loss to the top of the join near the front flap; 10 and 35mm closed tears, some light creasing, a prominent 75mm diagonal crease and faint brown staining to the top 35 mm of the back cover, 10mm closed tear to the bottom, horizontal crease halfway down back cover and across spine and back flap; 10mm chip without loss to the top of the join to the back flap; dust wrapper is otherwise mostly bright with light age toning to edges and some light spotting (mostly on the back cover), now protected in mylar. Item #954
At the time of Virginia Woolf’s death she had begun preparation of a third volume of essays (following two volumes of The Common Reader). A selection of these essays are published here, many for the first time, in a dust wrapper designed by Woolf’s sister and fellow member of The Bloomsbury Group, Vanessa Bell. Bell was a painter and interior designer and designed the dust wrappers for all of Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s publishing company, The Hogarth Press.