Bell, Vanessa. Hard Cover. London: The Hogarth Press, 1947. 1st Edition. Good.
First edition, first printing. One of 10,000 copies. Personal copy of author's niece, Angelica Garnett, presented and inscribed by the author's sister Vanessa Bell: "Angelica / from VB" in blue ink to the front free endpaper. Publisher's pale ruby red cloth boards, lettered in gilt; pink dust jacket with vase of flowers illustration printed in black. About good (this copy appears to have taken a bath, dust jacket and all): bright cloth and gilt, tidemarks and paper residue to boards, pink bleeding from the dust jacket to the first and last few pages of text and the page edges, hint of spotting to the top edge, light rippling to the otherwise clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, faded and rippled from dampstaining, with loss to the spine ends, toning to the spine, wear and chipping to the extremities, panel text and illustrations unfaded. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box. Kirkpatrick A29a. The Moment and Other Essays is a collection of twenty-nine of Virginia Woolf's essays, selected and published posthumously by her husband Leonard Woolf. Her second posthumously published set of essays, following The Death of the Moth in 1942, The Moment contains a mix of previously published and unpublished essays, including: "On Being Ill," "The Artist and Politics," "The Leaning Tower," "On Re-reading Novels," and "Sterne's Ghost," among others. Many of the essays contain Woolf's trademark literary commentary in which she commemorates rather than analyzes literary figures and their works. Vanessa shared a very close relationship with her daughter Angelica Vanessa Garnett (née Bell, 1918-2012), the youngest of her three children. Writing to her son Julian in May 1936, Vanessa describes her affection for Angelica: "…having a daughter … has been in a way the most terrific experience of my life - that's to say the most penetrating, intimate, I don't know how to put it, experience."