Street Haunting. Virginia Woolf.

Street Haunting.

1930. San Francisco: The Westgate Press, 1930.

Sm. slim 8vo, iv, 34 pp. Original purple quarter morocco and boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, backstrip refurbished. Internally as new.

§ Limited edition, signed in purple ink by Virginia Woolf on the colophon page. Presentation copy, inscribed by David Magee in pencil “Copy X presentation copy” of 500 signed copies in all. Pencil note by Magee in the back also states that this is “one of a few copies bound in half purple”.

In Street Haunting Woolf intertwines the act of walking through a city with the movements of the imagination, with echoes of Mrs Dalloway, published two years earlier. In the essay, "the narrator explores this imaginative act of dipping in and out of people’s minds as they move through the city’s wintry, twilight streets. From prime ministers to the homeless, the narrator examines the city’s inhabitants and the spaces they occupy. ‘What greater delight and wonder can there be than to leave the straight lines of personality’, the narrator asks, to feel ‘that one is not tethered to a single mind, but can put on briefly for a few minutes the bodies and minds of others’." (The British Library).

The essay was first published in the Yale Review, October 1927. Kirkpatrick (A13) states: "The essay was not published separately in the United Kingdom. It was reprinted in The Death of the Moth and Other Essays and in Collected Essays, Vol. 4." Item #109901

Price: $4,750.00

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