Signed limited first edition of this incisive bildungsroman set among the English aristocracy of the early twentieth century.
"If this is Society... God help us, for surely no fraud has ever equaled it."
Woolf and Sackville-West's decade-long love affair coincided with both authors' literary peaks: perhaps most famously, Sackville-West inspired the title character in Woolf's ORLANDO (1928). Already a successful author, Sackville-West began publishing with the Hogarth Press in 1929, hoping her sales would lift its depressed finances. Her first book with Hogarth, SEDUCERS IN ECUADOR, was "the sort of thing I should like to write myself," Woolf admitted (LETTERS, no. 1497). But it was the striking success of THE EDWARDIANS, which sold over 30,000 copies in six months, that gave the press and its owners much needed breathing room, with Woolf teasing Sackville-West as "the Woolf breadwinner" (LETTERS, no. 2233). Louise A. DeSalvo argues that "it is possible that this new economic security helped Woolf become even more audaciously experimental in her evolving novel than she had been in the past.... The uniqueness of THE WAVES might thus be considered as an outgrowth of this extraordinary relationship." A truly fine copy.
Read more: DeSalvo, "Lighting the Cave"; Woolmer, A Checklist of the Hogarth Press, 235A.
London: Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1930. 7.5'' x 5''. Original half vellum, red cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, all other edges uncut. Limitation page numbered and signed by Sackville-West in purple ink on verso of half title, facing title page, number 94 of only 125 copies. 349,  pages. One small spot to vellum.
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