"A WOMAN MUST HAVE MONEY AND A ROOM OF HER OWN IF SHE IS TO WRITE FICTION": VIRGINIA WOOLF'S CLASSIC, A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN--RARE AND DESIRABLE SIGNED COPY OF THE FIRST TRADE EDITION
WOOLF, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. London: Hogarth Press, 1929. Octavo, original cinnamon cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box.
First trade edition, printed by the Woolfs' Hogarth Press, signed by Virginia Woolf on the front free endpaper in her characteristic purple ink, in the scarce original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell. The first trade edition is rarely found signed, and this is a lovely, rare, and desirable signed copy.
Woolf's compelling essay on women and writing has become a classic feminist text. Her "aim was to establish a woman's tradition, recognizable by its circumstances, subject-matter, and its distinct problems… A Room of One's Own charted this vast territory with an air of innocent discovery which itself sharpens the case against induced ineffectiveness and ignorance that for so long clouded the counter-history of women" (Gordon, 182). "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction," said Woolf, "and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved." Preceded only by the signed limited edition of the same year. One of only 3040 copies. With publisher's four-page advertisement card for the Virginia Woolf "New Uniform Edition" laid in. Woolmer 215B. Kirkpatrick A12b.
Book fine, scarce original dust jacket with a small amount of expert restoration to spine ends and a closed tear on the rear panel, not touching any of the lettering or design, clean and bright and very presentable. A beautiful and very rare signed copy of the trade edition.