(London: The Hogarth Press, 1938). 190 x 120 mm. (7 1/2 x 4 1/2"). 329 pp. FIRST EDITION.

Original yellow cloth, gilt spine lettering, in dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell. Five photographic plates. Kirkpatrick A23a. Cloth lightly soiled, a couple of corner creases, otherwise a fine copy, clean, fresh, and bright in a sound binding and IN A FINE DUST JACKET.

In this non-fiction work, Woolf (1882-1941) responds to three requests for donations (the "three guineas" of the title) from a society seeking to prevent war, the building fund of a women's college, and an organization devoted to assisting professional women in their careers. In this epistolary format, she expresses her views on pacifism and feminism in which she is severely critical of a patriarchal English society that denies women adequate educational and professional opportunities. She continues and expands the arguments set forth in "A Room of One's Own," which examined the obstacles posed to women writers. Woolf had ambitions to write a combined "novel-essay" as a sequel to "Room," with fictional chapters alternating with essays on feminist themes. When she found that format wasn't working, she divided her work into two books, the present work and her most popular novel, "The Years." The striking dust jacket was designed by Woolf's sister, the avant-garde artist Vanessa Bell (1879-1961).

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