Virginia Woolf — A Writer’s Diary FIRST EDITION w fine provenance

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A Writer’s Diary. Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf. Edited by Leonard Woolf. FIRST EDITION – INSCRIBED by John Lehmann

London: The Hogarth Press, 1953. 8vo. Publisher’s orange cloth, no jacket. Gilt title and orange colored topedge. X, 372 pp. Name of a previous owner in ink to innercover

First edition of the classic choice from Virginia Woolf’s diaries. Chosen by Leonard Woolf, published by Hogarth Press. This copy INSCRIBED by John Lehmann (1907-1987) the English publisher, poet and man of letters. Lehmann, educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. At Trinity, Lehmann had a passionate relationship with Virginia Woolf’s nephew, Quentin Bell. He founded the periodicals New Writing and The London Magazine, and the publishing house of John Lehmann Limited. As a publisher Lehmann joined Leonard and Virginia Woolf as managing director of Hogarth Press between 1938 and 1946. He then established his own publishing company, John Lehmann Limited, with his novelist sister Rosamond Lehmann (who had a nine-year affair with one of Lehmann’s contributing poets, Cecil Day-Lewis). They published new works by authors such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Nikos Kazantzakis, and discovered talents like Thom Gunn and Laurie Lee
The inscription from Lehmann is to a “Bent”, which could be Bent Wiberg, the Danish Joyce expert and translator

Virginia Woolf — A Writer's Diary FIRST EDITION w fine provenance