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BLOOMSBURY GROUP. The 'Attendance Book' for the Omega Club, lists of 'Members' and 'Visitors' in separate columns for 18 meetings (alternating Saturda

BLOOMSBURY GROUP. The 'Attendance Book' for the Omega Club, lists of 'Members' and 'Visitors' in separate columns for 18 meetings (alternating Saturdays and Thursdays) between 24 Febrary and 27 November 1917, the names of 181 members and 34 visitors recorded in a variety of hands, including signatures of Ka Cox, Duncan Grant, J.M. Keynes, Roger Fry, Dora Carrington, T.S. Eliot, Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell, Aldous Huxley, Arnold Bennett, Arthur Waley and others, other attendees including G.B. Shaw and W.B. Yeats, occasional records of payments of fees (usually a shilling), in a notebook reused by Arthur Waley for notes towards translations of Chinese or Japanese poems, some pages with typescripts or printed extracts pasted in, folio, boards (small portion cut from upper cover, worn). The Omega Club is crisply summed up by Waley in a letter to Oswald Sickert (see lot 32): 'Roger Fry's Omega Club, of which I am a member, meets once a fortnight for "conversation and light refreshments" at the workshops. The theory, as you probably know, was that rich and gullible people could be lured on to the premises by the prospect of seeing Bohemian intellectuals in the flesh. In practice, the intellectuals don't seem to want to be seen, nor do the rich seem to show any inclination to look for them ...'. The disproportion between members and visitors is evident from the present attendance book: the club's most faithful supporters seem to have been Fry, Carrington and Keynes.

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 2011-11-23
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AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION -- The Bloomsbury Group, and others, including Vita SACKVILLE-WEST (1892-1962), autograph letter signed ('Vita Nicolson') to Otto

AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION -- The Bloomsbury Group, and others, including Vita SACKVILLE-WEST (1892-1962), autograph letter signed ('Vita Nicolson') to Ottoline Morrell, Sissinghurst Castle, 17 November [n.y.] 2 pages, 4to, on her impressions of D.H. Lawrence, formed from Ottoline's own interpretations, 'I see he was all wrong 'on paper', but that he was right and more than right underneath the appearances'; Augustus JOHN (1878-1961). Autograph letter signed to [Philip] Morrell, 8 Fitzroy St, 23 June 1908, 2½ pages, 8vo. 'Epstein would be very glad to show you his figures' - an urgent appeal to Philip for support of Jacob Epstein, whose sculptures (on the facade of Charles Holden's British Medical Association building on the Strand) were still behind hoardings on the eve of a conference to decide on their destruction; it is not a defence of their artistic merit which is needed, but a 'defence by some moral expert. John's own view is that 'the works can of course stand the moral test as triumphantly as the artistic'; Augustus JOHN. Autograph letter signed to 'my dear Ottoline', Fryern Court, Fordingbridge, 27 March [after 1928], 3½ pages, small 4to (a few small holes, faint stain to opening page), on Ottoline's illness, praising her courage, the loss of Garsington ('I wish I had visited you there') and his work ('of course the portrait will be yours now. I have refused a pot of money for it'); Henry LAMB (1883-1960). Autograph letter signed to 'Dearest O', 27 May 1910, Hotel-Restaurant de L'Etoile, Charlotte Street, 4 pages, 8vo, with envelope (torn), on his excitement over his exhibition, missing Ottoline's support, social engagements and 'a village full of the most lovely radiant youths with black hair, supple limbs & wonderfully coloured garments & headgear from Formosa - beautiful young warriors - I couldn't tear myself away from them'); and others including: Maurice BARING (1874-1945) (three autograph letters signed); Walter John DE LA MARE (autograph letter signed to Philip Morrell, 1936, on his illness); H.G. WELLS (autograph card signed to Philip); John F. LEHMANN (autograph letter signed to Mrs Goodman, on Virginia Woolf's letters); Dorothy BUSSY (autograph letter signed, to Ottoline, 40 rue Verdi, Nice, 1938); Edmund G.V. KNOX (two autograph letter signed to Ottoline, 1929). (12)

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 2006-11-01
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WOOLF, Virginia (1882-1941). A Room of One's Own. London: The Hogarth Press, 1929. 8°. Half title. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt (a few light

WOOLF, Virginia (1882-1941). A Room of One's Own. London: The Hogarth Press, 1929. 8°. Half title. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt (a few light stains, without the dust-jacket). FIRST EDITION. Kirkpatrick A12b: "3040 copies printed"; Woolmer 215b. A limited edition of 492 copies was printed simultaneously. PRESENTATION COPY, the front free endpaper inscribed, "Helen [Anrep] from Virginia." Helen Anrep (1885-1965) was the long-term partner of Roger Fry and an influential member of the Bloomsbury Group. WOOLF, Virginia. The Voyage Out. London: Duckworth & Co., 1915. 8°. Half title, 22-pages of publisher's advertisements at the end. Original green cloth, upper cover lettered and ruled in black, spine lettered in gilt (extremities lightly rubbed, without the dust-jacket). Provenance: ARTHUR WALEY (signature on front free endpaper). FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST PUBLISHED WORK. Kirkpatrick A1a: "2000 copies printed." WOOLF, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. London: The Hogarth Press, 1927. 8°. Half title (some very light spotting to half title). Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust-jacket with a design by Vanessa Bell (some light staining to cloth, dust-jacket torn with some severe loss to lower wrapper and head and foot of backstrip, upper wrapper frayed with slight loss). FIRST EDITION. Kirkpatrick A10: "3000 copies printed"; Woolmer 154. With a small quantity of other books mainly by members of the Bloomsbury Group and including Julius Meier-Graefe's Cézanne und Sein Kreis (Munich, 1918, PRESENTATION COPY TO ROGER FRY), Gertrude Stein's Three Lives (New York, 1919, PRESENTATION COPY TO ROGER FRY), Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway (New York, 1925, FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, signed by Helen Anrep), The Waves (London, 1931, FIRST EDITION), E. M. Forster's Anonymity (London, 1925, FIRST EDITION), Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse (London, 1927, FIRST EDITION, the front free endpaper inscribed, "Anastasia Anrep from H. A."), Arthur Waley's The Life and Times of Po Chu-I (London, 1949, PRESENTATION COPY TO HELEN ANREP), Marjorie Strachey's The Counterfeits (London, 1927, FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY TO HELEN ANREP), G. K. Chesterton's The Sword of Wood (London, 1928, Woburn Books No. 1, ONE OF 530 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR) and R. C. Trevelyan's Rimeless Numbers (London, 1932, PRESENTATION COPY TO ROGER FRY), all without dust-jackets. (a lot)

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 2006-11-01
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