An early signature by the 14 year old Rainer Maria Rilke dedicated to his mother Phia as a Christmas present (1889) : “Behalte in gutem Angedenken dein treuen René Rilke” [”Keep in good memory your faithful René Rilke.”]
A mid 19th century notebook with limp vellum covers -
a simple booklet of blank pages sewn together ruled in both pencil and ink and adapted into a Diary beginning Jan 1st 1854 it continues through to July 1856 where an additional 16 pages have been sewn in [the last 10 are blank] written throughout in shorthand there is some English marking certain dates with historical significance
48 pages + 16 pages of blue paper measures just 114mm x 80mm
Alexandra Harris shows how Virginia Woolf’s classic work Mrs Dalloway completely re-imagined what a novel might be.. Woolf came of age as an author after Europe had been shattered by the First World War.
“Everything was going to be new,” says Harris of Woolf’s literary ambitions. “Everything was going to be different. Everything was on trial”. The result was a new, free-form style of writing that responded to the post-war climate of confusion and uncertainty. Radically, Woolf’s central characters - socialite Clarissa Dalloway and shell shocked survivor Septimus Smith - never meet, while the novel also pioneers a flowing stream of consciousness style.
Using original manuscripts, diaries and notebooks to “catch a glimpse of a great writer at work”, Harris argues that the novel also allowed Woolf to creatively channel her own mental illness into the character of Septimus Smith, and in so doing helped keep herself sane.