Lot 8083: Excessively rare matte-finish 1.5 x 2.25 photo of Woolf affixed to the original 5.75 x 3.75 British passport page, signed below in fountain pen. The page bears two ink stamps indicating the date of issue, April 18, 1933. In fine condition, with the expected Foreign Office date stamp trivially affecting a couple letters of the signature. After tidying up edits for The Pargiters, an early draft of her 1937 novel The Years, Woolf and her husband Leonard joined painter and friend Roger Eliot Fry and his sister Margery on a Mediterranean holiday in the spring of 1933. During her time in Italy, she was in between corrections for her forthcoming book, Flush—an off-beat story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cocker spaniel. Flush tied into the Italian trip as the location to which Barrett and Browning eloped. A unique and immensely desirable format intimately associated with Woolf's work.
RR Auction's Remarkable Rarities Auction 461
Monday, 28th September 2015
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