The Legacy Libraries Project has recreated the personal library of Leonard and Virginia Woolf online.
The project recreates personal libraries held by writers, philosophers, politicians, etc. who have passed away. If possible, it includes a full catalogue of their books, including all bibliographic details to allow for easy searches and a quick book comparison between the members’ accounts.
Colm Guerin recently completed the Woolfs’ library based on the records held by the Washington State University and the Harry Ransom Center. Both facilities obtained their collections after Leonard’s death with the purchase of books from Trekkie Parsons and Cecil Woolf.
Each entry includes the details of any inscription, signature, or dedication made to or from the Woolfs, including the details for Sir Leslie Stephen’s books, which were obtained by Virginia after his death. Guerin said that to the best of his knowledge, it is now the most complete resource for searching the Woolfs’ substantial collection.
Guerin plans to make additions to the account, including a tagging system, reviews of publications written by Leonard and Virginia, and additional uploads of dust jackets published by the Hogarth Press.
A permanent link to this resource is included in the right sidebar. It is titled “Woolf Library” and is located under the heading “Woolf Resources.”
- Virginia Woolf: Cottage Loaf (paperandsalt.org)