The 1925 first of Virginia Woolf’s well-known 1925 novel Mrs Dalloway, sold by Swann Galleries of New York at $24,000 (£20,100).

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That jacket, which reveals the original UK price tag of 7/6d, is slightly tanned and shows some chipping to the head and foot, along with nicks to the corner folds.

The endpapers, which are browned, feature the book label of the influential American art critic Henry McBride (1867- 1962) at the front and a bookseller’s ticket at the rear.

Day in the life

Around 2000 copies are thought to have been printed of this first edition of the book that Woolf had initially intended to call The Hours, and which details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an upper-class woman living in post-First World War England.

This one sold for $24,000 (£20,100).