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Virginia Woolf – To The Lighthouse – First UK Edition 1927

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Virginia Woolf – To The Lighthouse – First UK Edition 1927

Original price was: £16,500.00.Current price is: £12,000.00.

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Original price was: £16,500.00.Current price is: £12,000.00.

First edition, first printing of Virginia Woolf’s ‘To The Lighthouse’, published by The Hogarth Press in London, 1927. This is a very good (or better) copy. The dust wrapper appears in beautiful condition, though has some light restorative repair to the spine, mainly internally. There is a thin amount of chipping to the tail of the spine and a larger chip to the head. The blue lettering on the spine is bright and vibrant, however. There is slight loss at the corners and some light handling marks throughout. The boards are slightly sunned at the spine and there are some light blemishes to both panels. The corners are sharp. The internals are incredibly clean and fresh. There is a review slip loosely slipped inside, on footed ‘The Hogarth Press’ paper, outlining the date of publication (May 7th) and the price (7/6) in what may be Leonard Woolf’s own hand, though this is down for debate – the slip is now encased in a protective plastic covering to preserve. Overall, this is a very good (or better) copy of what is a scarce work, increasingly scarce with the review slip and in such bright condition.

Upon completing the draft of this, her most autobiographical novel, Woolf described it as ‘easily the best of my books’ and her husband Leonard thought it a “‘masterpiece’… entirely new ‘a psychological poem'”. They published it together at their Hogarth Press in London in 1927. The first impression comprised 3000 copies. The book outsold all Woolf’s previous novels, and the proceeds enabled the Woolfs to buy a car – which one would assume they used to drive to a lighthouse.

Read our blog about Woolf’s meticulous attention to detail when writing the novel here


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First edition, first printing of Virginia Woolf’s ‘To The Lighthouse’, published by The Hogarth Press in London, 1927. This is a very good (or better) copy. The dust wrapper appears in beautiful condition, though has some light restorative repair to the spine, mainly internally. There is a thin amount of chipping to the tail of the spine and a larger chip to the head. The blue lettering on the spine is bright and vibrant, however. There is slight loss at the corners and some light handling marks throughout. The boards are slightly sunned at the spine and there are some light blemishes to both panels. The corners are sharp. The internals are incredibly clean and fresh. There is a review slip loosely slipped inside, on footed ‘The Hogarth Press’ paper, outlining the date of publication (May 7th) and the price (7/6) in what may be Leonard Woolf’s own hand, though this is down for debate – the slip is now encased in a protective plastic covering to preserve. Overall, this is a very good (or better) copy of what is a scarce work, increasingly scarce with the review slip and in such bright condition.

Upon completing the draft of this, her most autobiographical novel, Woolf described it as ‘easily the best of my books’ and her husband Leonard thought it a “‘masterpiece’… entirely new ‘a psychological poem'”. They published it together at their Hogarth Press in London in 1927. The first impression comprised 3000 copies. The book outsold all Woolf’s previous novels, and the proceeds enabled the Woolfs to buy a car – which one would assume they used to drive to a lighthouse. The novel remains a timeless masterpiece of literary fiction, a testament to the enduring power of Virginia Woolf’s singular vision and her enduring legacy as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Read our blog about Woolf’s meticulous attention to detail when writing the novel here