“IT IS ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE TO ENTER A NEW ROOM”: LIMITED EDITION OF STREET HAUNTING, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES SIGNED BY VIRGINIA WOOLF
WOOLF, Virginia. Street Haunting. San Francisco: Westgate, 1930. Octavo, original half emerald green morocco, original sage-green patterned paper boards, uncut. Housed in custom cloth chemise and half morocco slipcase. $3500.
Signed limited edition, first separate publication of Woolf’s lyrical essay, number 468 of only 500 copies signed by her, a lovely uncut copy in the much scarcer "green" variant, with sage-green patterned boards, emerald green morocco spine.
Street Haunting, which focuses on a nighttime walk through London in search of a pencil, is one of Woolf's acclaimed city essays. Woolf's essay originally appeared in the Yale Review in October 1927; it was not published separately in the United Kingdom. Printed by the Grabhorn Press with hand-set type. Kirkpatrick states, "There is at least one variant of the binding in sage-green paper boards patterned in gold and darker green with emerald-green leather spine and a green slip-in case." (This copy without scarce original slipcase.) David McGee, bibliographer of the Grabhorn Press, states, "the majority of the edition was bound in blue—ratio of 10 to 1 in favor of blue," which would indicate that only about 50 copies appeared in green. Kirkpatrick A13.
Spine gently sunned, far less than often seen, still quite green, gilt bright. A near-fine, lovely signed copy.