The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Six volumes complete.
Category: First Edition
London The Hogarth Press. 1975-1980.
First editions; 8vo; original cloth and dust jackets. Edited by Nigel Nicolson, assistant editor Joanne Trautmann. The Flight of the Mind - 1888-1912 (1975), The Question of Things Happening - 1912-1922 (1976), A Change of Perspective - 1923-1928 (1977), A Reflection of the Other Person - 1929-1931 (1978), The Sickle Side of the Moon - 1932-1935 (1979), Leave the Letters Till We're Dead - 1936-1941 (1980). Volumes 1 to 4 are signed on the title page by Nigel Nicolson. Volume 5 is inscribed on the half title 'To Jean Turner from Nigel Nicolson June 23 1982 Sissinghurst Castle'. Volume 6 is inscribed on the half title 'Nigel Nicolson June 23 1982 Sissinghurst Castle.' Nicolson was the son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West. He grew up at Sissinghurst Castle, where his parents created the famous garden. He and George Weidenfeld co-founded the publishing house Weidenfeld & Nicolson, of which he was a director from 1948 to 1992. He also worked as a broadcaster and was elected as Conservative MP for Bournemouth East and Christchurch in 1952. He was uncomfortable within the Tory party and voted with Labour to abolish hanging and abstained in a vote of confidence in the government over the Suez Crisis. He was forced out by his constituency association - his decision to publish Lolita didn't help his cause. Nicolson turned to writing and co-wrote a book on his parents, Portrait of a Marriage. It balanced a frank account of his bisexual parents' extramarital affairs with their enduring love for each other; it caused an uproar when it was published. Vita Sackville-West was the inspiration for the androgynous protagonist of Orlando: A Biography, by her friend and lover, Virginia Woolf. A fine set with little fading to the dust jacket spines. Rare to find inscribed by Nigel Nicolson.