'I feel the need of an escapade after these serious poetic experimental books...I want to kick up my heels & be off.' Orlando tells the tale of an extraordinary individual who lives through centuries of English history, first as a man, then as a woman; of his/her encounters with queens, kings, novelists, playwrights, and poets, and of his/her ...
'I feel the need of an escapade after these serious poetic experimental books...I want to kick up my heels & be off.' Orlando tells the tale of an extraordinary individual who lives through centuries of English history, first as a man, then as a woman; of his/her encounters with queens, kings, novelists, playwrights, and poets, and of his/her struggle to find fame and immortality not through actions, but through the written word. At its heart are the life and works of Woolf's friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West, and Knole, the historic home of the Sackvilles. But as well as being a love letter to Vita, Orlando mocks the conventions of biography and history, teases the pretensions of contemporary men of letters, and wryly examines sexual double standards. This new edition discusses Woolf's stylistic aims, the biographical parallels, and the work's literary context, and includes the original illustrations. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
First printing of this edition. Folio, hand bound, sewn with linen thread over linen tapes, in an iridescent tan-gold cloth with printed paper panels on the front and rear boards. One of 400 numbered copies (this being No. 258), SIGNED by the photographer. Woolf's fantastical classic tale illustrated with 90 photographs by Diana Michener. The photographs, inspired or informed by the Woolf's creation, weave a dialogue running often parallel with the text. They are revealed as three panels of differing widths. The outside of the illustration signatures is covered with the image of the Chinese vase, in and out of focus, the mysterious cranes inviting the reader to open the gatefold. Inside, a varying number of photographs are arranged on the three panels. Printed by letterpress in Century Bold and Century Expanded in Monotype and hand composition. The photographs were printed by offset lithography. The paper is Mohawk Superfine. Twelve foldouts for the photographs, the equivalent of four pages each. Fine and unread in gold cloth and illustrated paper covered boards with white titles in a Fine matching slipcase.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. This classic is in great shape inside and out. Vanessa Bell DJ has a small tear on the (typically) discolored spine. Great collector piece. (We have an impressive array of books by or about Virgina Woolf. See our catalogue or write for a complete list. )
Gilt lettering on spine very lightly rubbed, else a fine copy in very good, price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket has light wear at tips of spine and corners, few small nicked tears at crown, closed tear on front panel, two-inch snagged tear at lower edge... WOOLF, Virginia. ORLANDO. A Biography. [Kirkpatrick A11c]. Octavo, blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, 333 pages, illustrated (in black-and-white).
First Printing. Octavo (21cm); blue-violet cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; light brown topstain; dustjacket; 333pp. Topstain slightly faded, else Fine. Dustjacket slightly sunned at spine, with light rubbing to joints and flap folds, a few tiny chips to spine endes and corner tips, and a few short edge tears; Very Good+. A presentable copy.
Woolf, Virginia. ORLANDO. New York: Harcourt, 1928. First American Edition. 8vo., 333pp. A superb copy of the US edition bound in blue cloth in a fine, fresh cinnamon dustwrapper, designed by Vanessa Bell. A far and away better copy of the book which includes a frontispiece portrait of Orlando & several photographic plates. Woolf's romantic fantasy romp, a tribute to Vita Sackville-West and the spirit of derring-do. A superior example, so much better than the crowd of onlookers.
Spine is very faintly (evenly) faded, top and fore-edges moderately foxed, else a near fine, bright copy in very good dust jacket. White pictorial jacket has few nicks at crown and snagged tear on upper spine, few short tears to front and rear panels,... WOOLF, Virginia. ORLANDO. A Biography. [Kirkpatrick A11b--American edition precedes English]. Octavo, orange cloth, 299 pages, illustrated.
Very good. Signed by author. Near fine, tight, clean copy showing small slight label (removed) residue to front pastedown offsetting to ffep. (ID: 4049) Signed by Woolf in purple ink on verso of half-title page. In matching custom cloth gilt-labeled slipcase. Covers evidence slight glossy appearance, but all gilt lettering and decorative elements bright and clear. Most minimal of spine ends and tips wear.
Woolf, Virginia. ORLANDO. London: The Hogarth Press, 1928. True First Trade Edition in the publisher's vibrant First Issue orange cloth. 8vo., 299pp. Eight Illustrations. A very near fine copy in a very nice example the original dustwrapper; a couple of tiny closed tears neatly sealed & a small amount of careful, professionally rendered archival restoration primarily at the extremities of the spine & folds. A lovely example. Woolf's amazing fictitious history of four centuries of transgender "biography" about a mythical being named Orlando who starts life as an Elizabethan nobleman and transforms into a woman poet of vast social insight. Written for & inspired by, Vita Sackville-West, to whom the book is dedicated & who appears as Orlando at various life-stages in several of the book's photographs. Considering Woolf's time, an extraordinarily courageous achievement in English letters & fantastic literature. Described as the longest love-letter ever written by Sackville's son, Sir Nigel Nicolson. Kirkpatrick A1 1a. Woolmer 185. Basis for the splendid Sally Potter 1993 film starring Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane et al. In a custom TBCL black clamshell case with the "Wolf" Hogarth Press colophon embossed on the upper cover in very fine condition.
Bookplate of Canadian artist Dorothy Moes affixed to front flyleaf. Tiny, faint soil spot on front cover, else a fine, very bright copy. Housed in custom, cloth clamshell box (box is fine). WOOLF, Virginia. ORLANDO. A Biography. [Kirkpatrick A11a; total edition of 861 copies]. Large octavo, black cloth stamped in gilt on spine and front cover, 335 pages, top edge gilt, illustrated.
Mild sunning to the spine, typical for this book. About Fine. Original cloth; illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Orlando and seven plates. Copy #281 of 800 numbered copies SIGNED by the author of this imaginative biography of a young Elizabethan nobleman who lives for four centuries living alternately as a male and a female. Dedicated to Vita Sackville-West, whose son, Nigel Nicholson, said of this book that it was "the longest love letter in literature."
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