Bell, Vanessa. Hard Cover. London: The Hogarth Press, 1958. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing. Personal copy of author's sister Vanessa Bell, with her ownership signature "Vanessa Bell" in blue ink to the front free endpaper, and with the front panel of the dust jacket designed by Bell adhered to the front pastedown and the dust jacket spine adhered to the front free endpaper. Publisher's royal blue cloth, lettered in gilt; white dust jacket with decorations in light blue and black. Very good, with some wear and rubbing to the edges, a hint of toning to the spine, a faint hint of foxing to the page edges, otherwise bright and clean pages. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box. Granite and Rainbow is the fourth and final posthumously published collection of Virginia Woolf's essays, discovered by B. J. Kirkpatrick (Woolf's bibliographer) and Dr. Mary Lyon (author of Virginia Woolf as Critic). The text is divided into two sections: "The Art of Biography," which includes "Money and Love," "Poe's Helen," and "Waxworks at the Abbey," and "The Royal Academy;" and "The Art of Fiction," which includes "Hours in a Library," "Impassioned Prose," and "The Anatomy of Fiction." The title Granite and Rainbow is a reference to the life of an artist. Specifically, Virginia identified Vanessa's nature as having a complex combination of vulnerability and granitic strength. During her lifetime, Woolf wrote many articles on writing and literature for serial publications, many of which were published in her The Common Reader series (1925 and 1932). After Virginia's death, her husband Leonard Woolf published her remaining essays, but managed to miss a few, which, after being discovered by Kirkpatrick and Lyon, were published together in this volume. Like many of her published works, Granite and Rainbow was edited by her husband, published through her own press, and wrapped in a dust jacket designed by her sister, all of which reinforce the highly personal nature of Woolf's writing and creative process.