Edinburgh: Printed at the University Press by T. and A. Constable Ltd, 1926. First Edition. Quarter-Cloth. First Impression of this literary and artistic hotch potch and first appearance of Virginia Woolf's short story "A Woman's College from Outside." Demy 8vo (220 x 135mm): xiv,192pp, with twelve tissue-guarded inserted plates (including frontispiece, of which four in color) on glossy stock with captioned tissue guards. Publisher's cream linen spine over orange and white patterned paper-covered boards (Kirkpatrick cites "at least five binding variants"; ours is not among them), paper title label printed in black to front cover, bottom edge untrimmed, title page in French blue and black. Neat inscription to fly-leaf; An excellent example, wanting the dust jacket, tightly bound and generally clean throughout (occasional light spotting). Kirkpatrick (Mansfield) B6 and (Woolf) B6. Fine-. Item #BB2472
Published to celebrate the twenty-first anniversary of the opening of the Edinburgh University Women's Union. Besides Woolf's story, there are essays and poetry by, among others, Katherine Mansfield, Naomi Mitchison, Hilaire Belloc, W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, Fredegond Shove, Rachel Annand Taylor, T. Sturge Moore, Hugh McDiarmid, and Sylvia Lind, and a color frontispiece by Phoebe Anna Traquair and etching after Jessie M. King. Woolf's story had originally been sketched as a scene in Jacob’s Room, but was dropped. It anticipates her later writing on women’s colleges and higher education, most famously in the feminist polemic A Room of One’s Own. 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.).