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Woolf) Stephen, Mrs. Leslie [i.e. Julia Prinsep Stephen].

Notes from Sick Rooms.

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Previously unknown
Three from the Library of Vanessa Bell
(Woolf, Virginia). Three volumes of works with intimate family associations for Woolf, all from the library of Vanessa Stephens Bell by descent through her daughter Angelica Garnett. Unknown to scholarship until now.
inscribed prior to publication to her husband
Woolf's father, Leslie Stephen
Stephen, Mrs. Leslie. Notes from Sick-Rooms. London: Smith, Elder, 1883.
Slim 12mo.; brown cloth, stamped in black.
First edition of this collection of nursing observations by Julia Prinsep Stephen, Woolf's mother, published the year before Woolf was born. Woolf would pay tribute to her mother by appending this text in her own work on a related subject: On Being Ill, in 1931. This title is not unknown in institutional hands - largely in medical libraries - but we have never heard of a copy in the trade.
A stunning prepublication presentation copy, inscribed on the title page by Julia to Leslie Stephen: L.S. from J.P.S. Dec 1882.  To find one not only inscribed, but to her husband, is a true discovery.  By descent to Woolf's sister Vanessa, with her pencil ownership signature on the front endpaper.
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