THE COMMON READER SECOND SERIES.
Tavistock Square, London: by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1935. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Original teal cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Crown and toe of spine sunned, else a tight, bright near fine copy in a good printed dust jacket with wear and sunning confined to the spine and the top right fore-tip. Scarce. First edition, thus; designated as a "New Edition" in the publisher's Uniform Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf, the title was first published in 1932. Hogarth's Autumn 1929 catalog announced five new publications from its most prominent author, the first four Uniform Editions (THE VOYAGE OUT, JACOB'S ROOM, MRS DALLOWAY, and THE COMMON READER) and the first regular publication of A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN. Surprisingly, the catalog lists the reprint series first. The Uniform Edition appeared with this statement (possibly written by Woolf herself): "The Hogarth Press begins this autumn the publication of a cheap uniform edition, of small and convenient size, of the works of Virginia Woolf. Of the four volumes now published JACOB'S ROOM and MRS DALLOWAY have been out of print for some time." By issuing the Uniform Editions as part of an expanding set - the back jacket for each publication lists those titles already published in the series - Hogarth fosters its consumers' desire to own an entire collection. Thusly, "Virginia Woolf" the brand name becomes both canonically and commercially significant: Collect the whole set! The present publication lists the price of the editions at 5s.0d., yet the dust jacket's spine retains an adhered cancel of 6/0 NET. KIRKPATRICK A18c. Near Fine / Good. Item #000144
12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall.