Greenwich, CT: The Dial Publishing Company, July, 1923. First edition. Octavo. Original salmon-colored wrappers, printed in black, staple-bound. Frontispiece, seven plates, twenty total pages of advertisements. Spine lightly wrinkled with no losses, rub on upper wrapper at lower binding staple, small publishing nick on two leaves, the very occasional spot. A near fine copy of a remarkable view into one of the earliest iterations of Woolf's most versatile and iconic character, Clarissa Dalloway.
First edition. Volume LXXV Number 1. "Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street," was published in the DIAL in 1923, 20-27pp. As early as this is it was not the first appearance of Clarissa Dalloway or her husband Richard - that was to be in her first book THE VOYAGE OUT, published in March 1915 by her maternal half-brother, George Duckworth. The publishing rights were sold to the Hogarth Press in 1929, giving Woolf control over any future publication of this title. MRS DALLOWAY was published by Hogarth in May 1925. Woolf envisioned a "very Garsington novel," referring to the opulent home and personage of Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), one of the most flamboyant and famous literary hostesses of the twentieth century. It may surprise Woolfians to know that the ever-revising Woolf starts this wonderful early story thusly: "MRS DALLOWAY said she would buy the GLOVES herself." This issue of the DIAL also contains David Garnett's review of Woolf's JACOB'S ROOM, having been published in October 1922; "An Autobiographical Fragment," by William Butler Yeats; works by Alfred Kreymborg, George Moore, Pierre Bonnard, Edmund Wilson, and a host of other luminaries.
I have attached an image of an advertisement that appears in this issue for SUNWISE TURN (1916-1927), a women-owned modernist bookstore in New York City for which I have a special admiration and affection -- just because.
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Ref: KIRKPATRICK C238.