Kew Gardens

WOOLF, Virginia

SIGNED BY VIRGINIA WOOLF AND VANESSA BELL

WOOLF, Virginia Kew Gardens

Hogarth Press, 1927.

Third edition, the first edition illustrated throughout by Vanessa Bell, number 62 of 500 copies, this copy one of a small number signed by Woolf and Vannessa Bell. Original paper covered boards, decorated by Bell in blue, green and brown, in publisher's plain glassine. A fine copy, exceptionally clean and crisp, with a little wear and a small stain at the corner base of the spine just extending onto the rear cover. Glassine somewhat frayed with both flaps detached, but present. An exceptional copy of a very fragile work.

Originally published in 1919, Kew Gardens was Woolf's third work and the first to contain illustrations by her sister Vanessa, but these were limited to a woodcut frontispiece and small tailpiece. A flood of orders meant a second printing was immediately called for. This third edition, published some eight years later is, in terms of production, an entirely new work: larger in format with cover illustrations in colour and new illustrations throughout by Vanessa Bell.
Though not called for by the limitation, Woolf and Bell appear to have signed a small number of copies under the limitation statement (a straw poll suggests about 100). Due to the fragility of the paper covered boards, the vast majority of copies show at least some repair or have significant damage to the spine (or have lost the it entirely and been). It is rare to find any copy, unsophisticated in a fine state and exceptionally so signed.

Kirkpatrick A3; Woolmer 7

Stock ID: 40231

£15,000.00

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