1928 Orlando: A Biography
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition, first impression.
With a frontispiece, and seven full-page monochrome plates. Collated complete.
A feminist classic and one of Woolf's most popular novels, 'Orlando' is satirical account of English literary history as seen through the eyes of the titular character, who begins the book as a young Elizabethan nobleman, and undergoes a metamorphosis to conclude the work as a female, on Thursday, 11th October 1928 - the day the novel was published.
Woolf incorporated details from the family history of her lover, Vita Sackville-West, to whom the book is dedicated. Some of the illustrated plates depict Sackville-West herself dressed as Orlando through history, while others, such as the image on the dustwrapper, are paintings of her ancestors. As such, the work has sometimes been termed 'the longest and most charming love letter in literature'.
With a library bookplate to the rear pastedown.
In the publisher's original cloth binding. Bumping to back strip head and tail. Discolouration to back strip and board perimeters. Fading to tail of front board, where it appears that a label has been removed. Light spotting to fore edge of text block. Library bookplate to rear pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and generally clean with the odd spot.
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