Signed limited edition, one of 550 numbered copies signed by Woolf in her characteristic purple ink.
Very good plus.
"his ghost walks among us still."
Beau Brummell was a charismatic figure who dominated the late Georgian period, described by Ian Kelly as "the most famous man in London [...] at the center of what amounted to a personality cult." Among other things, he was a fashion pioneer in popularizing what is considered standard for men today, the suit (with collar, tie, and trousers). Kelly and others have made the argument that Brummell was "history's foremost social climber [...] the first 'celebrity' (a term he knew and used in its current sense) to set the now familiar celebrity pattern of a dramatic fall from grace." Woolf's essay chronicles the story of his rise and fall here in a tone mimicking her final quote of Byron: with "a mingled emotion of respect and jealousy." First published, as much of Woolf's criticism, in a magazine (THE NATION, September 1929), this is the first book publication of the essay, later appearing in "Four Figures" in Woolf's COMMON READER: Second Series (1932).
Read more: Kelly, Beau Brummell: The Ultimate Man of Style.
New York: Rimington & Hooper, 1930. 12.25'' x 9''. Original rust cloth spine, brown paper boards, pink pictorial paper label on front board with peacock design, gilt-lettered spine. Lacking original slipcase. Illustrated by W.A. Dwiggins with two full-page plates printed in pink and blue. , 8,  pages. Signed by Woolf in purple ink on verso of half title. Colophon at rear with manuscript number 104. Some foxing along margins of boards, a bit of soiling to boards.
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