Hard Cover. London: The Hogarth Press, 1930. First Edition. Fine.
First edition, one of 250 copies, preliminary state with 125 crossed out and 250 handprinted above it on the limitation page; additionally, this is one of about 25 “out of series” copies, “out of series” written by Leonard Woolf in place of a number, likely issued without a dust jacket. Signed by Virginia Woolf. Publisher's quarter vellum and pale blue-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gray marbled endpapers. Top corner of rear board lightly bumped, very light offsetting to plain endpapers, else fine book. Overall, a beautiful copy, exceedingly scarce in this preliminary state. Housed in a custom green slipcase. Kirkpatrick A14. Woolmer 245. On Being Ill is a contemplative essay that argues for the legitimacy of illness as a major theme in literature, along the lines of romance, hatred, and war. Indeed, Woolf herself suffered from various illnesses which often played a part in her writing. In the essay, she alludes to her own struggles to illustrate illness as an asset, sharpening the mind as it challenges the body. Notably, the essay first appeared in T.S. Eliot's New Criterion in 1925, later to be revised and published here in book form, typeset by the author herself.