Bell, Vanessa. Hard Cover. London: The Hogarth Press, 1937. First Edition. Fine.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's jade cloth lettered in gilt; in the original cream pictorial dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell, with an illustration of a rose surrounded by a repeating-circle design in black and brown. About fine with the spine ends lightly bumped, else very tight and fresh; in a fine, unclipped dust jacket with none of the usual toning. Overall, an exceptionally bright copy, free of any repairs or restoration. Housed in a custom folding case. Kirkpatrick A22a, Woolmer 423. Simultaneously the last novel to be published and the most widely read during the author's lifetime, The Years traces the history of the members of the Pargiter family from the 1880s to the 1930s. While the plot spans 50 years, the text is more a collection of vignettes, each of which represents a single moment of a given year. The Years began as a lecture Woolf gave in 1931 to the National Society for Women's Service. Building upon the issues generated in her previous novel, A Room of One's Own (1929), she wanted to take a broader view of women's social and economic lives. The Years began as a series of essays with each followed by a novelistic passage; in the end, only the novelistic passages were included, and the essays were collected as Three Guineas (1938).