London and New York: Hogarth, 2012. Two color-printed cards, measuring 8.25 x 5.5 inches: title card hand-numbered 288 of 1500, and mission statement card. With: four paperbound advance reading copies, measuring 8.25 x 5.5 inches, in Hogarth Launch promotional wrappers.
Limited edition promotional kit, number 288 of 1500, issued to mark the 2012 re-launch of the Hogarth imprint first created by Virginia and Leonard Woolf. The Woolfs founded the original Hogarth Press in their dining room at Hogarth House in 1917. Over the following decades they published not only their own work, including all of Virginia Woolf’s major novels, but also new writing by Katherine Mansfield, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, Gertrude Stein, Christopher Isherwood, Edith Sitwell, and Henry Green. They also issued English translations of Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Sigmund Freud, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Federico Garcia Lorca. In 1938, Virginia Woolf relinquished her interest in the business; Leonard Woolf ran the press in partnership with John Lehmann until 1946, when Hogarth became part of Chatto & Windus. See J. Howard Woolmer, A Checklist of the Hogarth Press 1917-1946. In 2011, the Hogarth imprint was revived as a transatlantic venture between two divisions of Random House, Chatto & Windus in the United Kingdom and the Crown Publishing Group in the United States, publishing its first new list in 2012. This promotional launch kit pays tribute to the imprint’s roots: “What began in London in 1917 finds a new life in New York in 2012.” The four specially-bound advance reading copies are Jay Caspian King’s The Dead Do Not Improve, Anouk Markovits’s I Am Forbidden, Stephanie Reents’s The Kissing List, and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s The Watch. A compelling artifact of the Woolfs’ publishing legacy, in fine condition.