Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Manuscript copy of Virginia Woolf's Orlando given to Vita Sackville-West in December 1928. Written in blue ink on recto only of unlined paper, with red ruled margins and punched holes for filing with revisions in the text and margins. Folio  has in Woolf's hand "Suggestions for short pieces", dated Oct. 8th 1927. This begins "A biography This is to tell a persons [sic] life from the year 1500 to 1928. / Changing its sex. / Taking a different aspect of the character in different centuries: the theory being that character goes on underground before we are born; and leaves something afterwards also./ A poem .../ Moments of being/ Something comic." With dates of composition in the margins. Ends March 17th 1928
 leaves;. 28 cm. Provenance: inscribed "Vita from Virginia Dec 6th 1928" [i.e. from Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West]. Binding: bound in twentieth-century full calf, sewn onto five raised bands; double gold fillets and small shell-like cornerpieces; brown marbled endpapers. Spine title: Orlando MS. With two conservation reports laid in, the first by Nicholas Pickwoad (27 September 1988) at which point the original cover had been lost and a temporary one was made; the second written by Clare Prince (17 January 1994). The original case had been found and was reinstated. The whole within a phase box, spine title: Orlando.
Presented by the author to Vita Sackville-West, 1928; bequeathed by Vita Sackville-West to the National Trust, 1962.
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Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), author
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