Orlando by Virginia Woolf, Photography by Diana Michener, Arion Press, 266 of 400
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Illustrated with 93 Photographs by Diana Michener
Arion Press, 2005, Signed Limited Edition, 266 of 400
Signed by Diana Michener
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “Orlando” published by the Arion Press in 2005 with a limitation of 400 with this being number 266. From the publisher, "Orlando has an unrivaled place in the history of English fiction. The last and most light-hearted of Woolf's three major novels, it was begun in 1927, at the peak of her career, and published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf's Hogarth Press in 1928. Orlando is perhaps the most imaginative, some would say fantastical, creation of this legendarily individualistic writer, taking its reader on a journey across four centuries, with a hero who comes of age as a titled country gentleman in Elizabethan times and ends as a prize-winning woman author in the nineteen-twenties.”
The book measures 13” x 10” with 168 pages plus twelve foldouts for Diana Michener’s photographs. They are revealed as three panels of differing widths. The outside of the illustration signatures is covered with the image of the Chinese vase, in and out of focus, the mysterious cranes inviting the reader to open the gate-fold. Inside, a varying number of photographs are arranged on the three panels.
The types are Century Bold and Century Expanded in Monotype and hand composition. The text was printed by letterpress. The photographs were printed by offset lithography. The paper is Mohawk Superfine. The books are bound entirely by hand, sewn with linen thread over linen tapes, in an iridescent tan-gold cloth cover with printed paper panels on front and back of the same proportions as the gate folds. The photograph of the cranes reappears on the cover and on the slipcase in changing views. The title is stamped in white on the front cover and spine, as well as on the spine of the slipcase.
The book is signed by Diana Michener.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
The publisher’s stock photographs of the book and photographs contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."