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Virginia Woolf: noteworthy editions

Several editions of Virginia Woolf's works


If you like reading Viriginia Woolf’s works – novels or essays – here are several noteworthy editions of her works from nice publishing houses. You’ll see only the books I own myself, but many other editions are available. If you know about some equally fine editions, do let us know by leaving a comment!


Hardback Penguin Classics – Yes, them again… In 2011, for the seventieth anniversary of Woolf’s death, Penguin Classics edited a beautiful series of hardback editions including 5 of Virginia’s Woolf works. The jackets are particularly interesting with hypnotic and modern paintings. You can see here Orlando and A Room of One’s Own (without its jacket). Are also available Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and The Waves.

You can see more books from Penguin Classics in this article.


Melville House’s Art of the Novella – As part of their Art of the Novella series, Melville House Publishing has edited one of Viriginia Woolf’s titles, Jacob’s Room. It is may be less famous than her other novels, but this story (her third publication) helped establishing her as a modernist and a major writer.

Read more about Melville House Art of the Novella series here.


Everyman’s library vintage edition – I first read Viriginia Woolf after finding this old edition of To the Lighthouse in a second-hand bookshop. This is a 1962 Everyman’s library edition. Since then, they’ve reprinted it in a more modern edition, along with Mrs Dalloway.


Flowers with several editions of Virginia Woolf's works

Bits of Korean Stationery from Seoul

Korean stationery


I recently spent a few days in Seoul, and the least I can say is that the stationery scene is thriving there! I couldn’t explore it all, but in a very short time I stumbled upon many nice shops and Korean brands…

Here is a short selection of notebooks and other stationery items I could gather: (more…)

Notebook: Elam for L’Atelier de la Sorcière Verte

Elam notebook x L'Atelier de la Sorciere Verte

If you happen to be visiting Lille (France), and are a paper-lover, you should definitively pay a visit to L’Atelier de la Sorcière Verte. They sell stationery items and organize paper-related workshops (bookbinding, mail art, origami, etc). The shop is full of lovely things, and set in a lively street. A must-see!

When last in L’Atelier de la Sorcière Verte, I bought a beautiful Japanese-inspired notebook (or rather sketchbook, its paper being quite thick – 180g/m²). (more…)

From Russia with love – Loft Project Etagi

Postcard from St Petersburg, From Russia with love


I recently received this postcard from two friends visiting Saint Petersburg.
I fell in love with both the picture and the way the postcard looks like a polaroid photo. It’s perfect.

Besides the fact that I was thrilled to receive such a nice postcard (ha! the joys of analogue correspondence…), it managed to raise my enthusiasm for Saint Petersburg. I even started to wonder why I’ve never considered visiting Russia before! (more…)

Cloudy with a chance of cute: Noodoll notebook

Although we’re right in the middle of the summer, and no clouds are to be seen in the sky today, I’ll nevertheless introduce this super cute and cloudy notebook:


Cute cloud notebook by Noodoll - Wapapum


I’m not usually keen on childlike designs when it comes to stationery, but I have to admit, sometimes, you can’t resist some cuteness when it takes you by surprise. I stumbled upon this cute cloud notebook by Noodoll, and well, I went back home with it…
Have you seen this smile? And this look? Doen’t you feel like you’re back in kindergarten, when you had nothing to worry about?? Now, you understand.


Everything cute tend to be small,

and here is no exception. This notebook is pocket-size (10.5 x 15 cm) and only 32 plain pages. The price being very small too, there’s no reason you should not fall for it, after all.

In case, you’ve never heard of Noodoll before like me, this young brand grew around a set of adorable characters created by YiYing Wang while studying Arts in Central Saint Martins school in London. Today Noodoll sells toys, accessories, and yes, super cute stationery.

If you too, lately cracked for some Noodoll stationery (or some similarly cute stationery brand), we can talk about it, this is the place to share this experience!

Noodoll – noodoll.com

Art of the Novella series by Melville House Books

Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf, Melville House edition

I’ve been searching for a paperback edition of Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville for a while, when recently I found it on the shelves of Hatchard’s, in London. Published by Melville House – as if it was meant to be!

To my surprise, I had never heard of Melville House before (and I’ve haunting book stores for quite some time…), so I was really excited to discover their catalogue. Famous authors, rarely published stories (or hard to find by itself), a simple and appealing design: everything one could ask from an independent publisher! (more…)