[inscribed by Bosanquet] London: Printed and published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1924. Original cream wrappers printed in green.
First Edition, being No. 3 in (the first series of) "The Hogarth Essays" -- and which is in fact, "the only book in the Hogarth Essays series to be hand-printed by the Woolfs" [Woolmer]. The number of copies printed is unknown, but according to the ledger 544 copies had been sold after 15 months (early 1926, and there would be a second printing in 1927). The front cover art is by Vanessa Bell.~Theodora Bosanquet (1880-1961) was the amanuensis of Henry James for his last decade (1907-1916); well-educated, she quickly became indispensable to James, tapping the words of his novels and essays into her Remington typewriter as he spoke freely. This is her memoir of those years, which she wrote eight years after his death, at the request of Virginia Woolf; much of this essay discusses how the two of them worked together. "Secretary; suffragist; incisive critic and parodist of Henry James; witness to and recorder of his death-bed dictations; writer of one of the best memoirs about James; tireless psychical researcher who channeled a marvelously verbose James after his death, Theodore Bosanquet was a novel waiting to happen" [Thurschwell -- noting that Bosanquet has recently been "fictionalized" by three writers].~This is a fine copy, essentially as new. Woolmer 42.~This is an inscribed presentation copy, with the author's inscription (the year before her death) "To Eleanor Nicholes | who so well and truly appreciates | The Work of Henry James | from | Theodora Bosanquet | September, 1960." Dr. Eleanor Louise Nicholes (1915-1997) was the rare books librarian at the Pforzheimer Library, then of the Widener Collection at Harvard University, and finally at Wellesley College; she was a noted scholar on the life and works of Mary Wollstonecraft, and also in the field of Mormon history. Virginia Woolf; Theodora Bosanquet; Eleanor Nicholes: quite a trio of intelligent literary women brought together in this volume. Item #13828