Item #CNAP072 Orlando: A Biography. Virginia Woolf, Diana Michener, Photographer.

Orlando: A Biography

San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2005. Diana Michener. Large quarto, 13 by 10 inches, 168 pages, plus twelve foldouts for the photographs, the equivalent of four pages each. They are revealed as three panels of differing widths. The outside of the illustration signatures is covered with the image of the Chinese vase, in and out of focus, the mysterious cranes inviting the reader to open the gate-fold. Inside, a varying number of photographs are arranged on the three panels. The types are Century Bold and Century Expanded in Monotype and hand composition. The text was printed by letterpress. The photographs were printed by offset lithography. The paper is Mohawk Superfine. The books are bound entirely by hand, sewn with linen thread over linen tapes, in an iridescent tan-gold cloth cover with printed paper panels on front and back of the same proportions as the gate folds. The photograph of the cranes reappears on the cover and on the slipcase in changing views. The title is stamped in white on the front cover and spine, as well as on the spine of the slipcase. The edition is limited to four hundred numbered copies for sale. New. Item #CNAP072

"Orlando" has an unrivaled place in the history of English fiction. The last and most light-hearted of Woolf's three major novels, it was begun in 1927, at the peak of her career, and published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf's Hogarth Press in 1928.

"Orlando" is perhaps the most imaginative, some would say fantastical, creation of this legendarily individualistic writer, taking its reader on a journey across four centuries, with a hero who comes of age as a titled country gentleman in Elizabethan times and ends as a prize-winning woman author in the nineteen-twenties.

Diana Michener is a photographer known for images that are powerfully suggestive of narrative. Her photographs offer a new visual experience for readers of Orlando, using friends, relatives, and found portraits of unknowns as models, and costumes, objects, and landscapes to suggest historic periods and the passage of time. The photographer herself appears in several images, in various guises and disguises. The photographs are informed by the story or run parallel, independent but indebted to it for inspiration.

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Price: $900.00