London: The Hogarth Press, 1931. First edition. A Fine (pristine) book in Near Fine jacket, on account of some toning to the spine, trivial wear at the corner and some offsetting to the inner front flap. Internally fresh, bright, and clean. A pleasing copy in the iconic jacket designed by Vanessa Bell.
"'I am writing to a rhythm and not to a plot,' Virginia Woolf stated of her eighth novel The Waves. Widely regarded as one of her greatest and most original works, it conveys the rhythm of life in synchrony with the cycle of nature and the passage of time. Six children -- Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny, and Louis -- meet in a garden close to the sea, their voices sounding over the constant echo of the waves that role back and forth from the shore. The subsequent continuity of these six characters, as they develop from childhood to maturity, and follow different passions and ambitions, is interspersed with the timeless and unifying chorus of nature....The Waves is Woolf's searching exploration of individual and collective identity" (Parsons). A demanding and beautiful read, The Waves was hailed as a masterpiece in its own time. "The book is, as it were, a piece of subtle, penetrating magic. The substance of life, as we are accustomed to seeing it in fiction, is transposed and the form of the novel transmuted to match it...A glittering rain of impressions and reactions" (Contemporary Times Literary Supplement). Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4119)