London, South Kensington
1 November 2006
WOOLF, Virginia (1882-1941). Jacob's Room. Richmond: Hogarth Press, 1922. 8°. Half title (occasional very light spotting and staining, slightly more pronounced to front free endpaper). Original crocus-yellow cloth, spine label, uncut, front panel of dust-jacket with design by Vanessa Bell printed in cinammon and black, pasted to front pastedown (spine slightly faded, corners lightly bumped with some fraying, spine label chipped with loss of one letter pastedown).
FIRST EDITION. ONE OF 40 COPIES FOR SUBSCRIBERS TO THE HOGARTH PRESS, WITH HAND-PRINTED SLIP PASTED TO FRONT FREE ENDPAPER, FILLED OUT FOR OTTOLINE MORRELL BY THE AUTHOR, SIGNED 'VIRGINIA WOOLF' AND DATED 'OCT. 1922' BY HER. With Morrell's reading notes pencilled at rear, and her marginal pencil markings in the text.
Woolf wrote to Morrell on 1 November 1922: 'It gives me great pleasure that you should like Jacob. I had many doubts whether it would mean anything to anybody. It's all very well writing the things one enjoys writing - and I did this - but one does want, too, that some people should like it as well. Naturally I am very glad that you should be one of them ... We have just ordered a second edition of a thousand; and now I look forward to sneers and jeers in all quarters, and a loss of so many pounds - This, as you see, is a hint to you, who receive so many such hints, to be good enough to tell people to spend 7/6 on it.'
A HIGHLY IMPORTANT SUBSCRIBER'S COPY OF THE FIRST OF THE AUTHOR'S NOVELS TO BE PUBLISHED BY THE HOGARTH PRESS. Kirkpatrick A6a; Woolmer 26.
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