Bell, Vanessa. Hard Cover. London: Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1927. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. One of 3,000 copies. Publisher's bright blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spine. A near fine copy with some toning and discoloration to the spine, else very fresh and clean; includes the original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell, tattered with significant loss to spine and splitting to folds, wear to extremities, front panel mostly intact. Kirkpatrick A10a. Woolmer 154. To the Lighthouse takes place in three parts in three different time periods. The first section takes place before World War I in the afternoon and evening, while the second part covers a span of ten years, during which time WWI occurs and many of the previously introduced characters perish. The final section takes place in the morning as the remaining characters come to terms with their losses, each of which were directly or indirectly related to the Great War. Through this sequence, Woolf skillfully creates a cohesive narrative that counteracts the traditional assumption that life after WWI was completely unrelated and detached from the antebellum past. Like many of Woolf's novels, the text is centered on philosophy and perception rather than action sequences and dialogue. To the Lighthouse remains one of the most acclaimed English language novels as well as one of both Virginia and Leonard's favorites. Additionally, To the Lighthouse is perhaps Woolf's most autobiographical novel, with the heads of the Ramsay family representing her own parents.