(London: Hogarth Press, 1956-8). 215 x 140 mm. (8 1/2 x 5 1/2"). 240 pp. A PROOF COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION.

Original brown paper wrappers with Hogarth Press imprint on cover. This version not in Kirkpatrick. Some foxing to edges and into outer margin of text block, rubbing to tailpiece, but still in remarkable condition, the paper wrappers crisp and the text clean and fresh.

This is an extremely rare uncorrected proof copy in original paper wrappers of a collection of Woolf's essays. In addition to her famous novels, Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) wrote a large number of essays for journals, and published two collections of these--the "Common Reader" volumes--during her lifetime. Her husband Leonard collected the remaining essays and published them after her death in three separate volumes, the last in 1950. The essays that appear here were overlooked during that compilation, either because of poor record keeping, because they were published without attribution, or because they appeared under Virginia's maiden name of Stephen. They were rooted out by the efforts of Woolf's bibliographer, Miss B. L. Kirkpatrick, and Dr. Mary Lyon of Radcliffe College, who was researching a book on Woolf as a critic. This edition is not listed in Kirkpatrick, and no other proof copy is listed on ABPC or RBH.

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PJP Catalog: SE19BF.085