(London: Hogarth Press, 1930). 208 x 135 mm. (8 1/4 x 5 3/8"). 4 p.l. (one blank), -34 pp.,  leaf. FIRST EDITION. No. 142 OF 250 COPIES, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
Original vellum-backed cloth sides, gilt titling on spine, marbled endpapers, original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell. Vignette on final leaf. Kirkpatrick A14; Woolmer 245. A touch of rubbing to edges of jacket, otherwise AN EXTREMELY FINE COPY, clean and bright inside and out, with no signs of use.
One of the most interesting of Woolf's non-fiction works, this short meditative essay argues that there is a value to illness. It makes us aware of our bodies (which we often ignore), refines the senses, sharpens observation, and forces us to contemplate mortality and immortality. Sprinkled with wit and poetic feeling, the work gives us intriguing insights into Woolf's attitude toward her own bouts with illness, physical and mental. The limitation page notes that Woolf set the type herself: it was her husband's hope, when the couple established the Hogarth Press in 1917, that printing would provide her with an avocation offering a respite from the intellectual strain of writing. This book is becoming increasingly difficult to find in the sort of condition seen here. (ST14253b)
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