London: The Hogarth Press, 1958. Hardcover. Eighth printing, duodecimo size, 299 pp., in the publisher's dust jacket. Fine / near fine. Item #16042804
Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) needs no introduction, the founder with her husband Leonard of the Hogarth Press and, with her brother's friends, one of the original members of the Bloomsbury Group. Many of her works have remained popular including "A Room of One's Own", "Mrs. Dalloway", "To the Lighthouse", and this work, "Orlando".
First published in 1928, "Orlando" is considered "a feminist classic, ...written about extensively by scholars of women's writing and gender and transgender studies" (n.b., per Wiki). It has been said that "Orlando has an unrivaled place in the history of English fiction. Orlando is the most imaginative, indeed fantastical, creation of this legendarily individualistic writer" (n.b., quote from the Arion Press).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green cloth over boards, gilt lettering on the spine, stated eighth impression on the title and copyright pages; duodecimo size (7 3/8" by 5 1/8"), 299 pp. In the original publisher's dust jacket showing a price of "10s 6d net" on the front flap, decorated on both panels with artwork by Vanessa Bell (the sister of Virginia Woolf) in rust and yellow over white, short summary of book on front flap, publisher's ad for other works by Woolf on the back flap.
___CONDITION: Fine overall, with clean boards, perfectly straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the sole condition issue we see are a few pages with the bottom corner bent (only a few millimeters), else fine. The unclipped dust jacket near fine, the panels and flaps clean (other than a stray mark or two) and the colours bright, with a modicum of edgewear, most noticeable at the tail of the spine, toning around the perimeters, and the spine sunned and with a few light spots. Truly a lovely example and, albeit the eighth printing, the sole copy of this title published by the Hogarth Press with its dust jacket as of this writing.
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