VIRGINIA WOOLF'S "TO THE LIGHTHOUSE"- VERY GOOD/NEAR FINE FIRST EDITION.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. x, 191printed pages. VERY GOOD. Scattered mild foxing and age-toning, mostly marginal, on the preliminaries, terminals & edge of textblock. Stitching just visible at several hinges from over-opening. 14 X 19.5 cm. Bright blue cloth boards. Lettered in gilt on spine (cloth slightly darkened). Top edges faded pale yellow. Complete with original VERY GOOD/NEAR FINE cream dust-wrapper featuring a lighthouse amid waves printed in pale blue and black, designed by Vanessa Bell (upper front corner, top and bottom of spine with small nicks; slight discolouration along folds, very mild foxing). Published on May 5th 1927, 3,000 copies were produced at & shillings and sixpence each. To the Lighthouse is a 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf. The novel centres on the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920.
Following and extending the tradition of modernist novelists like Marcel Proust and James Joyce, the plot of To the Lighthouse is secondary to its philosophical introspection. Cited as a key example of the literary technique of multiple focalization, the novel includes little dialogue and almost no action; most of it is written as thoughts and observations. The novel recalls childhood emotions and highlights adult relationships. Among the book's many tropes and themes are those of loss, subjectivity, the nature of art and the problem of perception.
In 1998, the Modern Library named To the Lighthouse No. 15 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels since 1923.
Upon completing the draft of this, her most autobiographical novel, Woolf described it as 'easily the best of my books' and her husband Leonard thought it a "'masterpiece'" ... an entirely new 'a psychological poem'"... The book outsold all Woolf's previous novels, and the proceeds enabled the Woolfs to buy a car. Kirkpatrick A10.