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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)

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  • 2006-11-01
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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.

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  • 2011-11-23
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Virginia Woolf THE WAVES 1931 First Edition Vintage Novel Modernism

Title: The Waves - Virginia WoolfAuthor: Virginia Woolf - Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels "Mrs Dalloway" (1925), "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and "Orlando" (1928), and the book-length essay "A Room of One's Own" (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."City: New YorkYear: 1931Printing Information: First EditionBinding Style: HardcoverPagination: 297 pagesWidth: 5.25" Height: 7.75"Book Details: Condition / Notes: This represents a scarce first edition of this work by Virginia Woolf. The volume is bound in blue cloth with stamped gilt lettering and ornamentation on the spine. Moderate external wear consists of sunning and age toning to the spine and covers. This book is slightly cocked. The binding is sound. The endpapers show moderate age toning. The text block is clean with mild age toning. The first edition notice is stated on the copyright page.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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  • 2015-12-13
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Historical Autographs Politics. 15 items inc

Historical Autographs Politics. 15 items inc Geoffrey Howe, former deputy prime minister signed article, Helen Sharman signed 12X8 colour photo, signed on dark part poor contrast, Bernard Cornwell signed colour 6x4 photo, Denis Healy signed 12x8 b/w photo, Arved Fuchs, explorer signed colour 6x4 photo, Angelica Garnett, one of the last survivors of the Bloomsbury group signed index card, Anne Olivier Bell one of the last survivors of the Bloomsbury group signed index card, Joel Robinson artist signed colour 10x8 photo, Sarah Ferguson handwritten note. Formerly the Duchess of York. Scruffy, Diana Athill signed index card. British literary editor, novelist and memoirist who worked with some of the most important writers of the 20th century, Hugh Martin signed index card. Died 2011 American musical theatre and film composer, arranger, vocal coach, and playwright. He was best known for his score for the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland sang three Martin songs, "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The last of these has become a Christmas season standard in the United States and around the English-speaking world , Achille Compagnoni signed index card, Italian mountaineer and skier. Together with Lino Lacedelli, on 31 July 1954 he was the first man to reach the summit of K2, Matti Vanhanen signed colour photo. Prime minister of Finland, Denis Healey signed index card. Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1974 and 1979, Clive Granger signed letter Nobel Prize winner, David Crystal signed compliment slip. Linguist Good condition

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  • 2014-10-10
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Omega Workshops

11 July 1913, Certificate, Payable out of Profits for £ 50, #3, 45.3 x 29.2 cm, black, white, folds, issued to Otto Kahn Esq., signed by Roger Fry.11.07.1913, Certificate, Payable out of Profits über £ 50, #3, 45,3 x 29,2 cm, schwarz, weiß, Knickfalten, ausgestellt auf Otto Kahn Esq., Original-Signatur Roger Fry.The design company Omega Workshops was founded in 1913. Established by members of the Bloomsbury Group these had the intention of providing graphic expression to the essence of the Bloomsbury ethos. Famous artist and art critic Roger Fry (1866-1934) was the initiator and wanted to have a Post-Impressionist influence in Omega designs, but finally there are also Cubist and Fauvist influences. Further Fry tried to give his artist friends (like Vanessa Bell or Duncan Grant) an additional income opportunity in designing furniture, textiles and other household accessories. As items should be only bought for the quality of the work and not the fame of the artist, Fry determined that all works have to be shown anonymously and marked with the Omega letter only.Gegründet wurde die Designerfirma Omega Workshops im Jahr 1913 von Mitgliedern der sogenannten "Bloomsbury Group" - einer Gruppe von englischen Künstlern, Intellektuellen und Wissenschaftlern, die von 1905 bis zum Zweiten Weltkrieg existierte und bedeutsamen Einfluss auf Englands kulturelle Modernisierung hatte. Initiator war dabei der berühmte englische Maler und Kunstkritiker Robert Fry (1866-1934), der sich in den von Omega entworfenen Designs post-impressionistische Einflüsse wünschte - wobei sich letztlich auch solche aus dem Kubismus und Fauvismus finden lassen. Fry wollte seinen Künstlerfreunden (wie z. B. Vanessa Bell oder Duncan Grant) zudem eine Möglichkeit bieten, mit dem Designen von Möbeln, Textilien oder anderen Haushaltsgegenständen ein zusätzliches Einkommen zu generieren. Um zu verhindern, dass die Arbeiten weniger wegen ihrer Qualität und vermehrt wegen der Reputation des Künstlers gekauft werden, sollten diese anonymisiert und nur mit dem Buchstaben Omega als Markenzeichen versehen werden.Countries:Großbritannien Region:Europa

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  • 2011-11-05
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Study for Lytton Strachey

Please note that the present work has been requested for inclusion in the forthcoming exhibition Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows at the Salisbury Museum, 26th May - 30th September 2018. Henry Lamb and Lytton Strachey met amid the leafy Georgian squares of central London, where the Bloomsbury group gathered in the drawing room of two young sisters, Vanessa and Virginia Stephen. The group was known not only for its liberal approach to relationships but also the ground-breaking ideas which it fostered, its members numbering among them the economist John Maynard Keynes, the art critic Clive Bell, the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Stephen, and the publisher and civil servant Leonard Woolf. Giles Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), biographer and writer, was a core member of this intellectual set, having studied at Cambridge alongside Thoby Stephen, Vanessa and Virginias brother, as well as Keynes, Bell and Woolf. Strachey established his reputation with the book Eminent Victorians, published in 1918, which received enormous critical attention for its original analysis of the lives of four of the most revered Victorian figures: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr Arnold and General George Gordon. Lamb was first introduced to the group by his older brother Walter, and Strachey rather fell in love with him; and whilst his ardour was not reciprocated, the two built up a friendship over the years. Strachey first sat for a portrait for Lamb in 1908, prompting Lamb to write to him: I should very much like to make a more adequate presentation of you than that sketch your posing is exemplary (Henry Lamb, quoted in Henry Lamb (exh. cat.), Manchester City Art Gallery, 1984, p.38). Lamb went on to make a number of further studies and drawings of Strachey, culminating in his most famous portrait, Lytton Strachey of 1914, in the collection of the Tate, London, for which the present work is a study. After two years of preparatory studies for the painting, Lamb completed a large portrait of Strachey in April 1913. However, it was not exhibited, and dissatisfied with the painting, Lamb decided in 1914 to use the work as the basis for a new attempt, painting over the original canvas, and replacing a pot and brushes with the chair and hat which can be seen in the present work. Study for Lytton Strachey is a supremely stylish work, capturing Lytton in a languid pose, his long limbs draped leisurely. He is seated in Lambs studio in the Vale of Health, Hampstead, looking every inch the intellectual, attired at Lambs insistence in those brown slippers and the reading specs which he asked Strachey to bring (ibid, p.41). Using pen and ink, Lamb has deftly captured the precise details of the scene, delineating folds of fabric, delicate fronds of foliage, and the interwoven boughs of the wicker chair with thoughtful and incisive strokes. Following the publication of Eminent Victorians in 1918, Lamb added the two figures of Dr Arnold and Florence Nightingale into the background of the painting, which can also be seen in the present work. Signed, dated 1912 and inscribed 

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  • 2017-11-22
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Virginia Woolf Autographed Copy of Orlando

Limited edition copy of Orlando: A Biography signed by author Virginia Woolf - one of only 800 copies <br> <br> Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was a prolific English writer, who is recognised as one of the leading modernists of the 20th century. A champion of women's literature and highly-respected throughout the literary world, her memorabilia is highly collectible, particularly due to her depressive character, tragic death and illustrious circle of friends, The Bloomsbury Group. <br> <br> Orlando: A Biography is one of Woolf's finest and most accessible works. A semi-autobiographical novel based on the life of her lover Vita Sackville-West, the work is a tour-de-force of women's writing, addressing complex gender issues. <br> <br> This magnificent book is a hardcover limited edition of Orlando, measuring 6¼" x 9¼". It is one of a limited edition of only 800 copies of the book signed by the author, this being number 465. <br> <br> The book has been signed by Woolf in purple ink on the reverse of the half title page. The autograph is in excellent condition. <br> <br> The book also features an owner's bookplate which has been affixed to the front pastedown showing the books original owner was the famous American Impressionist landscape painter Daniel Garber. This copy originates from Garber's personal library - the bookplate reads "Ex Libris - Daniel and Mary F Garber". Garber's paintings are now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. <br> <br> Pencil notations have been made on the first, blank page. The book also features some light overall toning and some light sunning to the spine, otherwise it is in fine condition. <br> <br> A rarely seen signed edition of an important 20th century novel with great provenance having come from the library of Daniel Garber.

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  • 2014-10-02
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Virginia Woolf A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN 1929 Antique First Edition Feminist

Title: A Room of One's Own Author: Virginia Woolf - Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels "Mrs Dalloway" (1925), "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and "Orlando" (1928), and the book-length essay "A Room of One's Own" (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Publisher: Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press; Printed by R. & R. Clark, Limited City: Edinburgh Year: 1929 Printing Information: First Edition Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: 172 Width: 4.5" Height: 7" Book Details: This antique volume is bound in cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf which employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled "Women and Fiction", which was published in Forum March 1929, and hence the essay, are considered non-fiction. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figurative space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men. (Courtesy Wikipedia.) Please attend our live sale to inspect this volume in person. Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows nicely with mild signs of age and handling which include toning, foxing, scuffs and edgewear, along with previous owner's bookplates on the front pastedown. Please see photos. You can attend our preview before the live auction to inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot in person. For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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  • 2017-08-26
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VIRGINIA WOOLF - Current Bid: $4,000.00

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882 - 1941) American author who wrote in the "stream of consciousness" style, perfected in To the Lighthouse, Orlando and Between the Acts. Very fine content A.L.S. "A[deline] V[irginia] S[Stephen]" 6pp. 8vo., Sea View, Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, Aug. 19, [1908] to her brother-in-law, Clive Bell, concerning her progress writing her first novel, The Voyage Out (1915). Clive Bell (1991-1964), an art critic and member of the Bloomsbury group, had married Woolf's sister Vanessa, herself a painter, in 1907. Woolf and Bell enjoyed a long-time intimate relationship which never became romantically manifest despite Bell's wishes to the contrary. Woolf opens her letter to Bell by describing the process of settling into a cottage on the south coast of Wales: "There is no doubt but that I was well advised in telling you to come here for your honeymoon. I am surprised to find how beautiful it all is - more than I remembered - how lovely, & how primitive. I have not been on the cliffs yet, my business yesterday keeping me on the trot, but directly [after] this letter is done, I am off to Proud Giltar. Ah, it is the sea that does it! Perpetual movement, & a border of mystery, solving the limits of fields, and silencing their prose. I am now writing in the private room and at the desk of a gentleman farmer called Barkley; he is about thirty, & has a face like the present Duke of Devonshire. He has just been in to ask me to use his books, if I find any to my taste. I find odd volumes of Scott, some standard novels, others that are not standard and the 'Popular Educator' in a leather binding. After I wrote yesterday, Mrs. Lewis had the brilliant idea that the house just behind hers on the hill, was furnished, but unlet. She set for Mr. Barkley, the owner, who agreed to let me one room, with a great bow window facing the sea, several deep arm chairs, and a desk. So I am in luxury; I have brought my books up, come & go when I like - it is but a minute from the cottage, & begin to write tomorrow. Nobody disturbs me, they light a lamp for me after dinner, & the only noises I can detect, with my window open, are distant sounds of cows, a bluebottle outside on the cistern & at the moment the flapping of a red Admiral who has come in & like all insects, can't get out...". Woolf then moves on to the work at hand, her novel The Voyage Out, of which Bell often read drafts and offered criticism. The Voyage Out, a bildungsroman that centered around Rachel Vinrace and also introduces Clarissa Dalloway who would later "star" in one of Woolf's best-loved works Mrs. Dalloway. The Voyage Out had a long and difficult period of generation during which Woolf, depressed to the point of attempting suicide at one point, eventually published in 1915 and became the progenitor of Woolf's "stream of consciouness" style. At the time of our letter and already 100 pages into the novel, Woolf's character Helen Ambrose was coming to life, as was her protagonist, Helen's niece Rachel Vinrace who at the time had been dubbed 'Cynthia', a name which Woolf soon deemed inadequate (Quentin Bell, Virginia Woolf: A Biography 1972 .p. 137). Woolf continues: "...Well, what shall we discourse about? If I begin upon literature, & slip by easy stages to a certain work; & I may well ask you what you think of a Spanish name for the lady [Rachel Vinrace] Cintra? Andalusia? Her father touched many ports, & sailors like sentimental names: he may have had other reasons, too, not to be defined. Smith has written to me again, repeating with mild compliments that he would like me to write a series of articles on Men & Women, as I see them in their biographies. I must repeat what I said before. Professor Sully, & Mr. Stebbing both 'say nice things' of my writing. I believe I shall become a popular lady biographist, safe for - graceful portrait, & such a lady! I think a great deal of my future, & settle what book I am going to write - how I shall re-form the novel & capture multitudes of things at present fugitive, enclose the whole, & shape infinite strange shapes. I take a good look at woods at sunset, & fix men who are breaking stones with an intense gaze, meant to sever them from the past & the future - all these excitements last out my walk, but tomorrow I know, I shall be sitting down to the inanimate old phrases. As a matter of fact, Mille de la Valliere ought to make into something graceful at least; & I am going to contrive a scheme as I walk...". Indeed the site of Woolf's musings, Manorbier, on the Pembroke coast, was the direct inspiration for her first novel. She often travelled there as a teenager with her family and in 1922, wrote: "...I was for knowing all that was to be known, and for writing a book - a book - but what book? That vision came to me more clearly at Manorbier aged 21, walking the down on the edge of the sea" (ibid., p. 87). Unlike her subsequent novels, The Voyage Out was Woolf's only work for which she solicited advice during the writing process, perhaps a reflection of her youth and difficulty in bringing the work to fruition. Woolf continues, addressing personal matters and continuing her ongoing flirtation with Clive: "Poor Clive! What a sister-in-law! But if you were not so polite you would have none of it. There was a day when I never talked of my writing to you. I have passed your house, & imagined numbers of things. There is a certain road, with shadows across it, leading to the sea where Nessa [Woolf's sister Vanessa Stephen Bell] & I walked, & she declared that Romance was not a thing of the past, as she had thought, but was going on all around us. The Bensons have never let, & there are three other houses unlet, & not one is building. Next year we might come here". Lest these thoughts run too far, Woolf then quickly turns back to the cerebral: "I split my head over [G.E.] Moore every night, feeling ideas traveling to the remotest part of my brain, & setting up a feeble disturbance, hardly to be called thought. It is almost a physical feeling, as though some little coil of brain, unvisited by any blood so far, & pale as wax, had got a little life into it at last; but had not strength to keep it. I have a very clear notion which parts of my brain think. Enough, however! Nessa is horribly bored, & says I take too much pains when I write to you. But this letter is not well written. Did I tell you that I went to Evening Service on Sunday - a bat was in the church - all the women frightened for their hair - & I walked off with the Cathedral hymn book! Yr. AVS...". She adds in a postscript at the top of the first page: " Kiss my old Tawny, on all her private places - kiss her eyes, & her neck socket". According to Vanessa Curtis in her 2002 work, Virginia Woolf's Women, Tawny was a pet name for her sister, Vanessa. Vanessa's marriage to Clive was a major adjustment for Virginia as this was the first time the two sisters ever lived apart (p. 62). Curtis observed that "Virginia, envious of her sister's newfound married happiness, also began to court favour and affection from Clive. A flirtation between the two sprang up in Cornwall, when Vanessa was too wrapped up in her first baby, Julian, to pay much attention to anyone else. Clive, flattered and feeling shut out by his wife, reciprocated with passion and longed to make the flirtation physical; Virginia, existing cerebrally and intellectually, was happier to draw the line at long, stimulating walks and clever letters. She hung anxiously and appreciatively on his words of criticism about her novel The Voyage Out, which she planned to ask Gerald Duckworth to publish" (Ibid.). Indeed, most of the characters in The Voyage Out were based on members of the Bloomsbury Group. Eric Warner noted that the Bloomsbury Group offered Woolf crucial support, "...and she offered thanks in embodying most of the members of the Group at that time as characters...". An important letter from what Warner dubbed as "the most crucial stage in Woolf's artistic career, the protracted period of composition of her first novel..." (Virginia Woof, The Waves, 1987, p. 11), and containing a very rare request for Bell's opinion about her writing. Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, July 20, 1981, lot 613. Slight toning at horizontal folds, else very good condition.

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  • 2011-07-22
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Virginia Woolf THE SECOND COMMON READER 1932 Antique First US Edition

Title: The Second Common Reader Author: Virginia Woolf - Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels "Mrs Dalloway" (1925), "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and "Orlando" (1928), and the book-length essay "A Room of One's Own" (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company City: New York Year: 1932 Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: 295 pages Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75" Book Details: This antique volume is bound in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on the spine cover. This volume is a first American edition. Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows mild to moderate signs of age/wear with rubbing and edgewear to the boards as well as some light occasional age toning to the interior pages. For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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  • 2017-11-18
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Youthful Letter by Pioneering British Artist and Bloomsbury Member

CARRINGTON, DORA. (1893-1932). British artist associated with the Bloomsbury Group and remembered for her unusual relationship with Bloomsbury writer Lytton Strachey. APCS. (?Dora and Noël Carrington?). 1p. 12mo. Bedford, August 6, 1907. To her brother Samuel Carrington. Written at age 14 on a small correspondence card. ********** ?Dear Old Sammy, How do you like camp? Have you saved much tink yet. Mr. Benson the dentist came the other day & asked me down to stay with them at Weston-S. Mare but I don?t think I shall be able to because of Noël as he can?t be left alone. Please write to me soon with best love from Dora and Noël Carrington We have made a tent in the garden jolly decent one. We are having a ripping time & have been fishing caught 0.? ********** Carrington, the daughter of a railway engineer, was raised in Bedford, the second youngest of five children including eldest brother Samuel and Noël, the youngest. Her parents recognized her aptitude for art at a young age and fostered it with drawing lessons. After winning a scholarship to attend art school in London, she began to use only the name ?Carrington? and adopted an androgynous style suited to her unconventional sexuality, having affairs with both men and women. For many years, Carrington was involved in an open relationship with English Bloomsbury writer Lytton Strachey, a professed homosexual and author of Eminent Victorians, whom she met while staying with Virginia Wolfe. They began living together in 1917 and the following year, both began a love affair with Ralph Partridge, an Oxford classmate of her brother Noël. In 1921, at Strachey?s urging, Carrington married Partridge, and the ménage-a-trois cohabited at Ham Spray House, where she had a studio from 1924 until Strachey and Carrington?s deaths: his from cancer and hers from suicide. ********** Largely overlooked during her lifetime, Carrington?s oeuvre includes portraits, surrealist landscapes, woodblock prints, sketches, ceramics, decorative arts, murals, and works executed in mixed media. ********** The character of Mary Bracegirdle in Chrome Yellow, a novel by Aldous Huxley, is based on Carrington, whom Huxley once loved. ********** Our charming, youthful and somewhat tomboyish letter is written to her brother away at camp in a seaside resort town in Essex. Folded and creased with scattered staining and wear. In good condition Rare. [lhaarts]

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  • 2017-05-25
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Brett, Dorothy, 1883-1976

Portrait of Trinidad~1953~oil on masonite panel~21 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches~Dorothy Brett(1883-1976) Lady Dorothy Eugenie Brett was born in London in 1883 to a life of immense privilege. A daughter of Reginald Lord Esher, friend and advisor to Queen Victoria, Brett's family moved in the very highest strata of English Victorian society. Despite the elevation of her birth, Lady Dorothy chose a different path. She entered the Slade School of Art in London, where she studied under Augustus John, and ultimately became part of the circle of bohemian artists and writers known as the Bloomsbury Group. Lady Dorothy counted among her close friends George Bernard Shaw, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and other notables of the day. She was also deeply attached to the writer D. H. Lawrence, and, when he and his wife Frieda were invited to the small village of Taos by Mabel Dodge Luhan in 1924, she accompanied them, staying behind permanently after the Lawrences moved on. Although not as well known for her art as for her place as one of the major figures on the Taos art scene, Lady Brett painted constantly and with great success well into her later years. She had become intrigued with American Indians and their culture at an early age when she saw the Buffalo Bill show in England, and the ceremonials of Taos Indian life must have fulfilled an absorbing artistic need for her.~SDLR~signed and dated lower right: D.E. Brett / 1953 inscribed on back of frame: Out of the Night

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  • 2004-11-13
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Virginia Woolf THE YEARS 1937 First Printing In Scarce Dust Jacket

Title: The YearsAuthor: Virginia Woolf - Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels "Mrs Dalloway" (1925), "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and "Orlando" (1928), and the book-length essay "A Room of One's Own" (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."Publisher: Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth PressCity: LondonYear: 1937Printing Information: First PrintingBinding Style: HardcoverPagination: 469 pagesWidth: 5.5" Height: 7.5"Book Details: Condition / Notes: This volume is bound in green cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to the spine. The book is slightly cocked and displays light shelfwear. The binding is sound. Several (very) small stains can be seen on the fore edge of the text block. The small label of London book dealer Wendell Holmes Ltd appears in the bottom right corner of the front pastedown. The pages are clean and without markings. The intact dust jacket, showing the price of 8s. 6d., exhibits minor tears at the top/bottom of the spine panel and at the tips of the outside corners. The jacket, designed by Vanessa Bell, is preserved in a paper-backed mylar cover. For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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  • 2015-12-13
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Virginia Woolf THE WAVES 1931 First American Edition Antique Experimental

Title: The WavesAuthor: Virginia Woolf - Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels "Mrs Dalloway" (1925), "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and "Orlando" (1928), and the book-length essay "A Room of One's Own" (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc.City: New YorkYear: 1931Printing Information: First US EditionBinding Style: HardcoverPagination: 297 pagesWidth: 5.5" Height: 7.75"Book Details: Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in blue cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine. The book is in excellent condition. The intact illustrated dust jacket, with price of $2.50 on the front flap, displays light shelfwear. A small closed tear appears at the top edge of the rear panel.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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  • 2015-01-25
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Virginia Woolf JACOB'S ROOM 1922 First Edition Modernist Novel 20th-Century

Title: Jacob's RoomAuthor: Virginia Woolf - Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels "Mrs Dalloway" (1925), "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and "Orlando" (1928), and the book-length essay "A Room of One's Own" (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."Publisher: Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth PressCity: Richmond, EnglandYear: 1922Printing Information: First EditionBinding Style: HardcoverPagination: 290 plus 14 pages of advertisementsWidth: 5.75" Height: 8"Book Details: ""Jacob's Room" is the third novel by Virginia Woolf, first published on 26 October 1922.The novel centres, in a very ambiguous way, around the life story of the protagonist Jacob Flanders and is presented almost entirely through the impressions other characters have of Jacob. Thus, although it could be said that the book is primarily a character study and has little in the way of plot or background, the narrative is constructed with a void in place of the central character if, indeed, the novel can be said to have a 'protagonist' in conventional terms.Motifs of emptiness and absence haunt the novel and establish its elegiac feel. Jacob is described to us, but in such indirect terms that it would seem better to view him as an amalgam of the different perceptions of the characters and narrator. He does not exist as a concrete reality, but rather as a collection of memories and sensations." (Courtesy of Wikipedia)Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in yellow cloth, with a printed paper spine label. The book shows external wear, with covers soiled, and the paper cover label chipped. The corners and edges are bumped. The cloth is worn at the corners. The hinges are cracked but solid. Binding is cracked between pages 48 and 49. Minor library markings appear on the front pastedown, with pencil notations on the rear pastedown. The pages are clean and without markings. The publisher's fourteen-page catalogue appears at the rear of the volume.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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  • 2015-08-02
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Virginia Woolf THREE GUINEAS 1938 First American Edition Antique English

Title: Three GuineasAuthor: Virginia Woolf - Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels "Mrs Dalloway" (1925), "To the Lighthouse" (1927) and "Orlando" (1928), and the book-length essay "A Room of One's Own" (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and CompanyCity: New YorkYear: 1938Printing Information: First US EditionBinding Style: HardcoverPagination: 285 pagesWidth: 5.75" Height: 8.5"Book Details: Three Guineas is a book-length essay by Virginia Woolf, published in June 1938. Although Three Guineas is a work of non-fiction, it was initially conceived as a "novel?essay" which would tie up the loose ends left in her earlier work, "A Room of One's Own." The book was to alternate between fictive narrative chapters and non-fiction essay chapters, demonstrating Woolf's views on war and women in both types of writing at once. This unfinished manuscript was published in 1937 as "The Pargiters."When Woolf realized the idea of a "novel?essay" wasn't working, she separated the two parts. The non-fiction portion became "Three Guineas." The fiction portion became Woolf's most popular novel during her lifetime, "The Years," which charts social change from 1880 to the time of publication through the lives of the Pargiter family. It was so popular, in fact, that pocket-sized editions of the novel were published for soldiers as leisure reading during World War II.[Courtesy Wikipedia]Condition / Notes: This is the stated first American edition of this work, in its original dust jacket. The vintage volume is bound in light red cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering/ruling on the spine. There is light sunning/toning at the extremities. The binding is sound. The bookplate of George H. McClellan is affixed to the front pastedown. The pages show mild age toning. The work is illustrated with numerous photographic plates of scenes in England.The dust jacket shows light toning and some loss at the spine and edges. The flaps are clipped at the corners and show the price of $2.50. The jacket is preserved in paper-backed mylar.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50

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  • 2016-09-24
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