Greenwich, Connecticut: The Dial Publishing Company, July 1923. Octavo, measuring 10 x 6.25 inches: i-xii, 104, xiii-xx. Original salmon wrappers printed in black. Illustrated with eight full-page black and white plates. “Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street” appears on pages 20-27. Tiny bump to upper wrapper from raised staple, lightest shelfwear to rear wrapper.
July 1923 number of The Dial, featuring the earliest attempt at the novel Virginia Woolf would publish as Mrs. Dalloway in 1925. The eight pages of “Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street” are a first draft of the novel’s opening sequence, one in which the London hostess Clarissa Dalloway sets out to buy gloves, rather than flowers, on the morning of her party: “Thousands of young men had died that things might go on. At last! Half an inch above the elbow; pearl buttons, five and a quarter.” While immediately recognizable, the stream of consciousness in this early story is more scattered and impressionistic than in the final novel. Clarissa does not yet measure her own character against antagonists like Peter Walsh and Doris Kilman, and there is no sign of her narrative double, the shell-shocked WWI veteran Septimus Smith. This number of The Dial also includes David Garnett’s review of Woolf’s 1922 novel Jacob’s Room: “her work is so individual that another writer can learn little from it, and I very much doubt if she will have a direct influence on her contemporaries.” A near-fine copy.