"MONDAY OR TUESDAY MARKS THE REAL TURNING POINT IN WOOLF'S CAREER": FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S COLLECTION, MONDAY OR TUESDAY, 1921, WITH FOUR WOODCUTS BY VANESSA BELL
WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday. With Woodcuts by Vanessa Bell. Richmond (England): Hogarth Press, 1921. Octavo, original half brown cloth, white paper boards printed in black. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. $5500.
First edition of Virginia Woolf's fifth book, bringing together in one volume for the first time eight early stories, five appearing in print for the first time, one of only 1000 copies printed, with cover design and four full-page woodcuts by Vanessa Bell, published by the Woolf's Hogarth Press.
Woolf's eight early works in Monday or Tuesday, her fifth book, "are very significant because in them Woolf worked out her new methods which she utilized later… Monday or Tuesday marks the real turning point in Woolf's career" (Singh, Novels of Virginia Woolf, 144). "Already apparent in these early stories are Woolf's concerns with portraying the continuing flow of consciousness and the essential indefinability of character" (Paul Negri). The book brings together in one volume for the first time a revised version of Mark on the Wall (Two Stories, 1917), Kew Gardens (1919) and An Unwritten Novel (serialized in London Mercury, July 1920), along with five previously unpublished works: A Haunted House, A Society, Monday or Tuesday, The String Quartet and Blue and Green (Majundar & McLaurin, Virginia Woolf, 13). With cover design and four full-page woodcuts by her sister Vanessa Bell; one page of publisher's advertisements at rear. "Published 7 or 8 March 1921; 1000 copies printed" (Kirkpatrick A5a). Woolmer 18. Bookplate (designed by Covarrubias in Art Deco style).
Text and plates very fresh, boards quite clean and bright. A highly desirable about-fine copy.