London: Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1930. Stiff Card Covers. New Edition, bound from first edition sheets with cancel title page and newly printed covers reproducing the design of the first edition. Total print run, combining first and new editions, was only 1010 copies. Royal 8vo (249 x 187mm): xi,pp, with 24 leaves of short captions (printed verso only) and 24 leaves of full-page plates. Original publisher's stiff card tan covers printed in black, upper cover decorated by Duncan Grant. A superb copy, just nicked at spine tips, bright and clean throughout. Seldom seen in such collectible condition. Woolmer 31. Fine. Item #BB2193
Planned as first in a series, but no further installments were published. In his introduction, Roger Fry speaks favorably of Duncan Grant's paintings, but calls special attention to Grant's work as a decorator: "When he was working at the Omega workshops his fellow-artists all recognized the peculiar charm, the unexpected originality, and the rare distinction of his ideas, and I should be inclined to say that some of the designs which he then made for carpets, for marquetry, and for needlework represent the high-water mark of applied design in England." Fry and Grant founded the Omega Workshops with Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's sister. Their studio produced murals, mosaics, fabrics, and decorations for home furnishings. This important movement gave young artists the chance to earn money while allowing the post-Impressionist aesthetic to flourish. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).