Travels with Virginia Woolf
Travels with Virginia Woolf

MORRIS, Jan. Travels with Virginia Woolf.

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MORRIS, Jan. Travels with Virginia Woolf. London, The Hogarth Press, [1993].

8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. [x], 258; wrapper with one or two small marginal leisures; otherwise very good.
First edition, first printing, signed presentation copy, boldly inscribed on title-page. 'Taking as her guide extracts from Virginia Woolf's diaries and journals, correspondence and rare travel essays, Jan Morris follows her footprints from Sussex and Cornwall to wartime London, Italy and the Riviera to Greek mountains and southern Spain. She intersperses Virginia's verbal sketches of a Greek peasant wedding, a fenland sky, an elderly spinster in a hotel lobby, or Bognor pier in the rain with her own comments on writer and subject. Sometimes Jan Morris enlarges the picture, or adds a "chance glimpse" of her own; or enlightens a householder who had no idea their roof had sheltered a famous guest. The two writers' counterpointed observations conjure the spirit of place, but above all, Jan Morris discovers and shares Virginia Woolf's pleasure and unexpected sense of fun' (Blurb for a recent paperback edition).

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