New in Mirrlees Resources

In addition to the full text of Madeleine and the first chapter of Lud-in-the-Mist, this week also brings scans of the front cover and title page of Paris and the title page and last page of the first edition of Lud, all four scans courtesy of the very gracious H. Wessells.

Front cover of Paris: A Poem

The thing that the scanned image can’t convey is that the cover paper is tissue-thin, and the gold is a beautiful dull metallic color. It’s also, as Julia Briggs has pointed out, the same paper the Woolfs used as endpapers in the Hogarth Press first edition of Jacob’s Room.

Holding Paris at the Bodleian was such an extraordinary experience not only because I quite like the poem and am so interested in Mirrlees, but also because Virginia Woolf hand-set the poem herself, bound it in this delicate paper, and then hand-corrected the final copies. The copy I examined came in a little box with a receipt, also written in Virginia’s handwriting, for a quarterly subscription to Hogarth Press’s literary output. Benjamin was right, I think; as much time as I’ve spent doing academic research on Mirrlees (and Woolf), there’s nothing quite like holding the artifact in your hands.

2 Responses to “New in Mirrlees Resources”

  1. [...] My brain has finally started to return to its normal shape after the deeply unpleasant overwork of the six months leading up to the holiday break. As a result, things have been cooking in the books-and-projects category. Over on the Hope Mirrlees site, there’s now the full text of Madeleine: One of Love’s Jansenists, as well as the first chapter of Lud-in-the-Mist and some great scans from Paris and Lud. [...]

  2. R. Bernard says:

    If you would have an interest in seeing or possible posting the DJ for the first American edition of Lud-In-The-Mist, I could send a scan from my copy. It has a fairly large chip from the top of the spine, and smaller one at the bottom of the spine, but the front is still nice as is the rest of the jacket. If you are interested, please send the email address I should send the scan to. I could do the front cover, or the full jacket if you prefer.

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