London: The Hogarth Press, 1931. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's violet cloth, spine gilt, printed on laid paper.
First edition of Woolf's most intricately patterned, intensely poetic novel, tracking the lives and consciousness of six friends from childhood through middle age, considered by many her masterpiece. "Let us again pretend that life is a solid substance, shaped like a globe, which we turn about in our fingers. Let us pretend that we can make out a plain and logical story, so that when one matter is despatched – love for instance – we go on, in an orderly manner, to the next." Prolific Scottish novelist Eric Linklater's copy, signed by him in pencil on the front free endpaper. (Linklater is best known for his fantasy novel The Wind On the Moon (1944).) Kirkpatrick A16a. Without original dust jacket. Spine lightly toned and rolled, with minor rubbing to extremities and some discoloration to lower board; light scattered foxing, small stain to fore-edge. Very good. Item #431