The Waves - Virginia Woolf 1931 - The Hogarth Press, London - First Edition 'A book of great beauty and a prose poem of genius' – Stephen Spender

‘The pure, delicate sensibility found in this language and the moods that it expresses are a true kind of poetry.’ –
The New York Times

A finely bound first edition of Woolf’s most complex and innovative novel, tracing the lives of a group of friends, following their development from childhood to youth to middle age. While social events, individual achievements and disappointments form its narrative, the novel is most remarkable for the rich poetic language that expresses the inner life of its characters – their aspirations, their triumphs and regrets, their awareness of unity and isolation. Separately and together, they query the relationship of past to present, and the meaning of life itself.
  Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as a major 20th century author and essayist, a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist, and the centre of 'The Bloomsbury Group'. This informal collective of artists and writers, which included Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, exerted a powerful influence over early twentieth-century British culture. Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to the poetic and highly experimental novel The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography, including the playfully subversive Orlando (1928) and A Room of One's Own (1929) a passionate feminist essay.

Penguin Classics, web. Kronenberger, ‘Poetic Brilliance in the New Novel by Mrs Woolf’ The New York Times 1931.

Octavo (book size 19 x 13 cm), pp. [2] 325 [1] [2].
  Elegantly bound in recent three quarter blue morocco leather over matching cloth boards, spine titled in gilt, top edge gilt.   Condition: Near fine, gently and faintly foxed to prelims, in fine binding   Ref: 109219   Price: HK$ 3,800