Mortimer Rare Book Room History

Virginia Woolf

Another major literary collection in the Mortimer Rare Book Room centers around Virginia Woolf. First editions of Woolf’s published work, manuscripts, Hogarth Press editions (published by Virginia and her husband Leonard Woolf), and related materials are largely the gift of two alumnae: Frances Hooper, class of 1914, and Elizabeth P. Richardson, class of 1943. Hooper’s gift includes handwritten drafts and corrected page proofs, many in Woolf’s distinctive violet ink. Liz Richardson amassed a collection of more than 2,000 volumes, what she called the Bloomsbury Iconography Collection, which features images of Virginia Woolf and members of her Bloomsbury circle. The Bloomsbury Group included artist and writers, so there is a strong visual component in Virginia Woolf studies. Examples of decorative dust jackets for Woolf’s printed books, created by her sister, Virginia Woolf, are discussed elsewhere.  [link to that page here?]

Virginia Woolf. Page proofs (p.11) of The Common Reader, corrected in Woolf’s hand for the American edition, 1925
PRESENTED BY THE ESTATE OF FRANCES HOOPER, CLASS OF 1914

Bloomsbury: Its Artists, Authors and Designers. Edited by Gillian Naylor. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990. Note the tipped-in typed correction by Liz Richardson
PRESENTED BY ELIZABETH P. RICHARDSON, CLASS OF 1943

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Woolf: http://fcaw.library.umass.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=002173720&doc_li...
Bloomsbury book:
http://fcaw.library.umass.edu/F/?func=direct&doc_number=000391561&doc_li...