BEAU BRUMMEL, 1930, ONE OF ONLY 550 COPIES SIGNED BY VIRGINIA WOOLF, A FINE COPY
WOOLF, Virginia. Beau Brummell. New York: Rimington & Hooper, 1930. Tall thin folio (9 by 12-1/2 inches), original half red cloth gilt, gray paper boards, mounted cover illustration, top edge gilt, uncut, original green cardboard slipcase with mounted illustration. $4500.
Signed limited first edition of this amusing account of the 19th-century dandy, number 4 of only 550 copies (500 of which were offered for sale), signed by Virginia Woolf in her characteristic purple ink on verso of the half title.
First published in the Nation & Athenaeum (September 28, 1929), Woolf's essay describes the life, habits and unfortunate end of Beau Brummel, early 19th-century arbiter of fashion. Designed and decorated with two color illustrations by W.A. Dwiggins and printed by William Edwin Rudge. With scarce original slipcase. Kirkpatrick A15. Ransom, Checklists, 227:44.
An exceptionally fine signed copy.