First printing of these collected writings by members of the Women's Cooperative Guild, with a notable introduction by Woolf.
"[My husband] thought that although I had earned and saved the money, the house should certainly be bought in his name. He said it did not look respectful for a woman's name to be put on the deeds when she had a husband alive. I thought different, and so the house is mine." (Mrs. Layton)
Memoirs, essays, and extracts of letters by Guildswomen, with a lengthy introductory letter to Margaret Llewelyn Davies by Virginia Woolf, who declared she would "rather be drowned than write a preface to any book whatsoever" but made an exception here, elaborating her intense if highly class-conscious admiration for the intellectual and political achievements of working women. One Mrs. Hood, a former president of the WCG, encapsulates in a single stroke one of Woolf's own passionate arguments for women's need of leisure and privacy, with a singularly un-Woolfian brevity: "In conclusion," she writes, "reading would be my chief recreation if I had any time for recreation". A compelling document of social organizing and feminist labor history, one of only 1500 copies printed.
Read more: Woolmer, A checklist of the Hogarth Press, 250.
London: Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1931. Octavo. 7'' x 5''. Original orange cloth with black spine lettering. Lacking jacket. Nine black and white photographic plates and frontispiece. xxxix, 141,  pages. Light soil to boards; spine slightly cocked. Mild foxing to edges of page block and interior. Front hinge just starting.
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