4to. London: Hogarth Press, 1927. 4to, 48 pp., printed recto only on fairly thick stiff paper. With b/w border decorations on every leaf by Vanessa Bell. Original patterned boards designed by Bell, rebacked, enclosed in an orange clamshell cloth box Third edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is #203; signed by both Woolf and Bell. According to Peter Stern and others, not all copies were signed by both. This edition follows two rare 8vo editions (1919 and 1921) and is greatly enhanced by the illustrations by Bell, who provides decorative borders on each page whereas the first two editions only included two woodcuts. Woolf's text combined with Bell's artwork have together been compared to a post-Impressionist painting; the narrative gives brief glimpses of four groups of people as they pass by a flower bed. The binding is notoriously fragile and many copies lack the backstrip completely and/or have been rebacked. Kirkpatrick A3c. (Inventory #: 122657)
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