London: The Hogarth Press, 1927. First edition. A Fine copy of the book. Some minor offsetting on the spine of the book from the original dust jacket and a previous owner's morocco bookplate on the front paste-down, otherwise clean and fresh. In a restored dust jacket that we will call Very Good. Restoration work to the spine ends, flap folds and replacing a large chip at the lower edge of the rear panel. Toning to the spine, and offsetting to the front flap from the morocco bookplate. Housed in a custom clamshell case. Arguably Woolf's most important work, and one of Connolly's 100 key books of the Modern Movement.
Woolf’s modernist masterpiece, perhaps her most important novel. To the Lighthouse, published in 1927, follows two visits of the Ramsey family, a decade apart, to the Isle of Skye. The book, however, is noted less for its plot than for Woolf’s radical style and presentation of perspective, including her depiction of time. Woolf drew from much of her own life for inspiration for the novel, and certain characteristics of the Ramseys often echo aspects of Woolf's own parents and relations. Indeed the character of Lily Briscoe, the painter, is often thought of as a stand in for Woolf herself, her struggles with art mirroring Woolf’s own. To the Lighthouse appears on both Modern Library’s list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century and TIME magazine's list of the one best English-language novels from 1923 onward. "Nothing happens, and everything happens…indeed more beauty and penetrative characterization than can here be described resides within this book..." (Contemporary Review in The Spectator) Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #1726)