THE CALL OF THE EAST, by CHARLOTTE LORRIMER - Virginia Woolf reviewed this book in 1907
THE CALL OF THE EAST, by Charlotte Lorrimer.
Tales of China and Japan "from odd corners of the Far East written in the hope of conveying to the reader something of that mysterious charm..."
Published by Gay and Bird, London, 1907. First Edition, with the date 1907 on the title page
Hardcover book, beautifully illustrated front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches, 265 pages plus 16 pages of Publisher's ads at the rear.
What makes this book particularly interesting is that it was reviewed by VIRGINIA WOOLF in the London Times Literary Supplement of 26 April 1907, the year of the book's publication. Woolf was known to have been greatly influenced by the Far East and this book may have had some impact on her.
From an online article by Ira Nadel (American-Canadian biographer, literary critic, and Professor at the University of British Columbia):
******Woolf's 1907 review of The Call Of The East by Charlotte Lorrimer suggests her initial view of the romantic East. Somewhat ambivalent toward Lorrimer's attitude, Woolf praises her descriptions of Chinese and Japanese landscapes but senses their unreality. Yet the idea of the inscrutable East presented by Lorrimer seduces Woolf, especially the Orient's ability to "enjoy simple things - the shadows of the trees at noon".******
GOOD condition. The covers have a few shelf rubs, the spine is fading, and the spine is pushed at its ends, but overall the covers are sturdy and attractive. Internally, the endpapers are toned, there is foxing mostly to the first and last few pages, otherwise tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A solid, attractive copy.
This 1907 first edition of The Call Of The East, with its interesting association to the Virginia Woolf review, is scarce. (Please Note: This sale is for the book only, the London Times Literary Review is not included.)