"ESTABLISHED HER REPUTATION AS AN ORIGINAL MODERNIST": FIRST EDITION OF VIRGINIA WOOLF'S MRS. DALLOWAY, AN EXCEPTIONAL COPY IN RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
WOOLF, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. London: Hogarth Press, 1925. Octavo, original russet cloth, original dust jacket. $65,000.
First edition of one of Woolf's finest novels and her first true masterpiece, one of only 2000 printed, exceptionally rare in original dust jacket designed by Woolf's sister Vanessa Bell.
Woolf's "great modernist novels of the 1920s, Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse… established her reputation as an original modernist comparable with Joyce or Proust" (Stringer, 734). "In Mrs. Dalloway Woolf breaks decisively with the fictional conventions of the realistic novel… The technique is almost orchestral, introducing and then interweaving the strains of the different characters' thoughts, and finally engineering, through a subtle sequence of readjustments and realignments, a new and delicate harmony between them at the close of the book… Mrs. Dalloway thus initiated Woolf's sequence of radical experiments with literary form, embodying a striking combination of fluid sympathy and secret resistance… Through the novel's rapid transitions between apparently disconnected, but secretly related stories, Woolf was able to suggest the hazards of neatly pigeonholing human character according to social situation or gender" (Parker, 110-11). Kirkpatrick A9. Woolmer 82.
Text fine with lightest edge foxing; faint toning to spine, tiny bit of restoration to edges, trace of foxing to verso of bright unfaded dust jacket. A highly desirable about-fine copy.