The Voyage Out


Virginia Woolf

photos by Shannon Tofts

 The Hogarth Press, London 1929

(first imprint of the unified edition)

183 x 125 x 40 mm

Part of the group Woolf I-IX.

now to be found in the collection:

[private] China

Full leather binding in orange goatskin with blue sewn silk headbands, leather joints, and yellow endpapers. The book is housed in a chemise and lives in a slipcase.


The book's design is tooled in six shades of pigment foil (2x white, 3x yellow, 1x burgundy) and platinum leaf. The chemise is inlaid with green paper and tooled with two shades of pigment foil (1x white, 1x burgundy) and platinum leaf. The slipcase is covered with dove blue paper and is lined with burgundy Alcantara.

All papers used are hand-dyed.

‘The Voyage Out’ traces the development of a young woman, Rachel Vinrace. She accompanies her aunt and uncle for an extended stay to a small village on the South American coast. The small group is soon embraced by the gathering of expats who while their time away. Rachel now is confronted with different perceptions of how ‘life’ could be lived. Caught in a phase of dithering and development, her life is cut short by death.

bound 2011