New Haven: Yale University Press, 1930. Large quarto. Original blue printed wrappers, signatures sewn. Vol. XX September 1930 No. 1. [lvi,216,lxiv pp.] Wrapper's lap-edges with small nicks, short split to upper wrapper at spine edge, tape residue to top edge of the upper wrapper and similarly to the top edge of the Woolf essay [note in photo]; bookplate of the noted Virginia Woolf, Hogarth Press, Bloomsbury collector, William Beekman, affixed to verso of upper wrapper, some shelf wear, else good.
First appearance of this essay, Memories of a Working Women's Guild, [121-138pp.] which was revised by Woolf and presented as the introduction to LIFE AS WE HAVE KNOWN IT for The Hogarth Press, a collection of essays wherein the lives of women who where engaged as domestic servants recount their lives and hope for equity. Mrs. Woolf is a bit disingenuous in her empathy for the struggles of the working woman as she, herself, had a rather testy life-long relationship with the very women she seeks here to elevate. To her credit, she acknowledges she is patronizing "'the poor,' 'the working classes,'" and that she sits at a meeting of the Congress of the English Women's Co-operative Guild as a "benevolent spectator." There is also a complimentary review of Vita Sackville-West's THE EDWARDIANS [p. viii], and a rather vein-opening poem by Dorothy Parker follows Woolf's essay on p. 139. Good. Item #338