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Woolf, Virginia

There are few collectible literary figures as intriguing as Virginia Woolf, not only because her personal life was surrounded by mystery and foreboding, but also because of her unique publishing and social position. As a writer, Virginia Woolf was one of the most famous of the now-renowned Bloomsbury Group, who also featured the poet T.S.Eliot and James Joyce. Talented and lucky enough to be at the central turning point in literary history, her works have subsequently shaped the modern novel and are much sought after.

It is not only her social and literary career however that mark her first editions as being eminently collectible, but it is also her publishing history. She was first attached to London, Duckworth and Company publishing house, which, in consideration was quite small. Later however, she formed one of the most successful small independent publishers of her age: Hogarth Press, which went on to considerable success for its age and time. It was from these two relatively small publishers that later, larger reprints were sought and brought, meaning that these ‘early editions are quite rare.

Both of these interesting publishing facts have meant that Virginia Woolf’s works had fairly limited print runs, first with London and Duckworth, and later with Hogarth. Each print run was printed to match estimated profit, and as such their resulting volumes were less that 3000 per print run. As a result, a first edition Virigina Woolf from either her private Hogarth Press or from London Duckworth can be easily run into the thousands of dollars.

And if I was pressed to choose a certain publisher over another? London Duckworth or Hogarth?

I would always suggest Woolf’s own Hogarth Press, as even though it is not as limited as London Duckworth and Company, it brings with it the prestige of being that much closer to the author, her own publishing imprint under her own direction.

Woolf, Virginia. The Voyage Out. Duckworth , London (1915).

Woolf, Virginia. Kew Gardens. Hogarth Press, Richmond (1919). First Edition 150 copies; second edition 500 copies; Two woodcut illustrations by Vanessa Bell.

Woolf, Virginia. Night and Day. Duckworth , London (1919). 2000 copies.

Woolf, Virginia. The Mark on the Wall. Hogarth Press, Richmond (1919). states second edition on the front cover

Woolf, Virginia. Night and Day. Doran, New York (1920). 1500 copies

Woolf, Virginia. NIGHT AND DAY.. Duckworth, London (1920). 1000 copies;

Woolf, Virginia. The Voyage Out. George H. Doran, New York (1920). First American edition

Woolf, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday. Harcourt Brace, NY (1921). 1500 copies; Monday or Tuesday is a collection of eight of Woolf's short stories. In addition to the title story Monday or Tuesday, this volume contains A Haunted House, A Society, The String Quartet, Blue & Green, and three previously published stories

Woolf, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday. Hogarth Press, London (1921). 1000 copies; Monday or Tuesday is a collection of eight of Woolf's short stories. In addition to the title story Monday or Tuesday, this volume contains A Haunted House, A Society, The String Quartet, Blue & Green, and three previously published stories;With 4 woodcuts by Vannessa Bell.

Woolf, Virginia. Jacob's Room. Hogarth Press, Richmond (1922). 1200 copies.

Woolf, Virginia. Jacob's Room. Harcourt Brace, New York (1923). 1500 copies; first American edition

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street In The Dial, Volume LXXV-No. 1.. The Dial Publishing, Greenwich (1923).

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs Dalloway. The Hogarth Press, London (1925). 2000 copies.

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs Dalloway. Harcourt, Brace , New York (1925). 2100 copies.

Woolf, Virginia. The Common Reader. Harcourt Brace , New York (1925). First American edition

Woolf, Virginia. The Common Reader. Hogarth Press London (1925). First Edition 1250 copies; Second Edition 3200 copies.

Woolf, Virginia. Atalanta's Garland.. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh (1926). Total printing 2000 copies; 950 copies bound with white cloth spine, Colour frontis and eleven colour and black and white illustrations including a photograph of a youthful Virginia Woolf; With contributions by Katherine Mansfield, Charlotte Mew, Fredegond Shove, et al. Kirkpatrick And Clarke

Woolf, Virginia. Kew Gardens. Hogarth Press, London (1927). 500 copies; Illustrated by Vanessa Bell.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. Hogarth Press, London (1927). 3000 copies.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse.. Harcourt Brace, New York (1927). First American edition

Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. Crosby Gaige, New York (1928). 15 copies of the elegant green paper copy; total 861 copies (800 edition copies both numbered and signed); Elegant typography design by Frederic Warde

Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. Hogarth Press, London (1928). 5080 copies.

Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. Crosby Gaige, New York (1928). 15 copies of the elegant green paper copy, total 861 copies total (800 edition copies both numbered and signed); typography design by Frederic Warde

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. Fountain Press, New York (1929). 492 copies; 450 copies for sale; copies Nos. 1-100 were reserved for sale in Great Britain.

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. Hogarth Press, London (1929). Total 3040 copies; edition 492 copies; Nos. 1-100 were reserved for sale in Great Britain.

Woolf, Virginia. Beau Brummell. Rimington and Hooper, New York (1930). 550 copies; Printed by William Edwin Rudge from designs by W.A. Dwiggins for Rimington & Hooper New York.

Woolf, Virginia. On Being Ill. The Hogarth Press, London (1930). Original printed limitation 125 numbered copies stroked through and 250 copies printed above, Out of series handwritten in purple ink by Leonard Woolf; Decoration by Vanessa Bell.

Woolf, Virginia. Recent Paintings By Vanessa Bell.. London Artists' Assoc., London (1930).

Woolf, Virginia. Street Haunting. Westgate Press, San Francisco (1930). 500 copies.

Woolf, Virginia. The Waves. Hogarth Press, London (1931).

Woolf, Virginia. The Waves.. Harcourt Brace, New York (1931). with the words first edition printed on the copyright page; First American edition

Woolf, Virginia. The Common Reader: Second Series. Hogarth Press, London (1932). First UK Edition 3200 copies; A collection of twenty-six unprofessional critical essays with subjects ranging from Robinson Crusoe, Dorothy Osborne, De Quincey, Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Hardy

Woolf, Virginia. The Common Reader: Second Series.. Harcourt, New York (1932). First American edition 2000 copies

Woolf, Virginia. Flush: A Biography.. Harcourt, New York (1933). First American edition

Woolf, Virginia. Flush: A Biography.. Hogarth, London (1933). illustrated with 4 original plates by Vanessa Bell and 6 other illustrations

Woolf, Virginia. The Years. Hogarth Press, London (1937). 18142 copies

Woolf, Virginia. The Years.. Harcourt Brace , New York (1937). first American edition printed on the copyright page.

Woolf, Virginia. Three Guineas. Hogarth Press, London (1938). 8000 copies

Woolf, Virginia. Roger Fry. Hogarth Press, London (1940). Foreword by Margery Fry

Woolf, Virginia. Between the Acts. Harcourt, Brace , New York (1941). First American edition

Woolf, Virginia. Between the Acts. The Hogarth Press, London (1941). 6358 copies UK edition

Woolf, Virginia. The Death of the Moth and Other Essays. The Hogarth Press, London (1942). 4500 Copies

Woolf, Virginia. A Haunted House and other stories. The Hogarth Press, London (1943). Contains 18 short stories by Woolf including A Haunted House, An Unwritten Novel, The Shooting Party, The Duchess and the Jeweller, Monday or Tuesday, Kew Gardens, and The Shooting Party.

Woolf, Virginia. The Moment and Other Essays. Hogarth Press, London (1947). 30 Essays

Woolf, Virginia. The Captain's Death Bed and Other Essays. Hogarth Press, London (1950). Twenty-six previously uncollected essays; Includes Woolf's pivotal essay, Mr. Bennett And Mrs. Brown, Leslie Stephen, Reviewing, Walter Sickert, Flying Over London and Memories Of A Working Women's Guild

Woolf, Virginia. A Writer's Diary Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf.. Hogarth Press, London. (1953). 9000 copies

Woolf, Virginia. Granite & Rainbow. Hogarth Press, London (1958). The collection is broken down into two sections. The Art of Fiction section features essays on: The Narrow Bridge of Art, Hours in a Library, Impassioned Prose, Life and the Novelist, OnRereading Meredith, The Anatomy of Fiction, Gothic Romance, The Supernatiral in Fiction, Henry James's Ghost Stories, A Terribly Sensitive Mind, Women and Fictiopn, An Essay in Criticism, and Phases of Fiction. The Art of Biography section features essays on: The New Biography, A Talk About Memoirs, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sterne, Eliza and Sterne, Horace Walpole, A Friend of Johnson, Ganny Burney's Half-Sister, Money and Love, The Dream, Waxworks at the Abbey, The Royal Academy, Poe's Helen, Visits to Walt Whitman, and Oliver Wendell Holmes

Woolf, Virginia. The Letter of Virginia Woolf. Hogarth Press, London (1975). 6 Volumes.

Woolf, Virginia. The Diary of Virginia Woolf. Hogarth Press, London (1977). 5 Volumes

Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. Arion Press (2005). Edition to 400 numbered copies signed by Michener; Illustrated with 12 foldout color plates of Diana Michener photographs