Jacob's Room


Virginia Woolf

photos by Shannon Tofts


The Hogarth Press, London 1922

(first edition)

135 x 197 x 39 mm

Part of the group Woolf I-IX.

now to be found in the collection:

[private] China

Full leather binding in green goatskin with blue sewn silk headbands, leather joints, and silvery mauve rose bord-à-bord doublures, and silver flyleaves. The book is housed in a chemise and lives in a slipcase.


The book's design is tooled in three shades of silver foil, gunmetal, and two shades pigment foil (1x white and 1x grey). The chemise is inlaid with silvery green paper and tooled with three shades of silver, and gunmetal foil. The slipcase is covered with silvery green paper and lined with fuchsia red Alcantara. All papers used are hand-dyed.

‘Jacob’s Room’ loosely follows the life of young Jacob Flanders, starting out with his childhood and seeing him through adolescence and adulthood. His life is almost entirely presented through the impressions other characters have of Jacob. The narrative is constructed with a void in place of the central character if, indeed, the novel can be said to have a ‘protagonist’ in conventional terms at all. It is a bird’s eye perspective of a life.

bound 2012