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8th June 2023

"I have just finished setting up the whole of Mr. Eliots [sic] poem with my own hands, " wrote Virginia Woolf on 8th July, 1923. This was the complex and time-consuming work of hand setting the type for the first edition of The Waste Land for the Hogarth PressEliot’s innovative use of line spacing made it one of her most challenging projects. Her meticulous typesetting, printing and bookbinding skills are acknowledged in Women and Letterpress Printing 1920-2020, a fascinating book by Claire Battershill.

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