1927 To the Lighthouse
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition, second impression, published the month after the first impression.
Following the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye between 1910 and 1920, including little dialogue and almost no direct action, the plot of this work is secondary to its philosophical introspection. Viewed as one of Woolf's most autobiographical novel, 'To the Lighthouse' is frequently cited as the finest example of modernist literature.
Written by the Bloomsbury author Virginia Woolf, a central figure of the literary group, herself known for her experimental writings and affair with fellow author Vita Sackville-West.
Published by the Hogarth Press, the Bloomsbury publishing house founded ran by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. The press was founded in the interwar period, as printing became a hobby for the couple, diverting Virginia when her writing became too stressful. Both Woolf's taught themselves to use a printing press, publishing 527 titles from the period of 1917 to 1946.
Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper, 'Raffaella Nelson'
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, generally smart, with a few marks to the head of the front board, and some lighter marks to the spine and rear board. Spine is a little faded, with some fading to the front board. Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Spots to the fore edge. Front hinge is starting but firm. Bookseller's label to the front paste down. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto of the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with some scattered spots.
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