The Years


Virginia Woolf


photos by Shannon Tofts

execution of design (on boards) by Claude Ribal, Paris

The Hogarth Press, London 1937

(first edition)

186 x 132 x 45 mm

Part of the group Woolf I-IX.

now to be found in the collection:

[private] China

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


The book's design is tooled in five shades of metallic foil (4x silver, 1x blue), and seventeen shades of coloured pigment foil (1x red, 1x grey, 1x blue, 2x yellow, 1x red, and 1x green). Special guests: transparent pearl and transparent iridescent foil. The chemise is inlaid with silvery-green and -blue paper and the title is tooled in matt silver and silver foil. The slipcase is covered with silvery-blue paper and lined with red Alcantara.

All papers used are hand-dyed.

‘The Years’ traces the history of the genteel Pargiter family from the 1880s to the ‘present day’ of the mid-1930s. Although spanning fifty years, the novel is not epic in scope, focusing instead on the small private details of the characters lives. All of them unaware of the next person and disjointed.

bound 2018