Hard Cover. London: Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1931. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. One of 7,113 copies. Publisher's purple cloth, lettered in gilt to spine. About near fine with a touch of rubbing to spine ends and some fading to spine, concentrated at the spine ends; includes the original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell with significant toning and loss to the spine panel, front and rear panels mostly intact. A lovely copy of this book with a tattered but presentable example of the scarce original dust jacket. Kirkpatrick A16a. The Waves is Virginia Woolf's most experimental text, which pushes the boundaries of the novel both thematically and structurally. The plot focuses on the lives of six main characters, spanning from childhood to adulthood, and the text is comprised of the character's spoken soliloquies. Like much of Woolf's writing, The Waves is less plot-driven and more of a collection of captured moments; the beauty of The Waves lies in the eloquent descriptions of what Louis Kronenberger described as "the poetic symbols of life" in his 1931 review for The New York Times: "the changing seasons, day and night, bread and wine, fire and cold, time and space, birth and death and change." The Waves is arguably more poetry than novel, as Woolf used a variety of literary and poetic devices to blur the line between the two genres.