Miniature book said to have inspired Virginia Woolf's Orlando to be publishedposted on 12 Oct 2017
A postage stamp-sized book by Vita Sackville-West, featuring a “fashionable and ageless sprite” who may have inspired her lover Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando, is to be published for the first time.
Sackville-West wrote A Note of Explanation in 1922 on pages measuring just 39 x 10mm. It was one of 200 volumes created for the library of Queen Mary’s dolls’ house, a replica of an Edwardian residence. Writers including Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and Arthur Conan Doyle also contributed tiny volumes for the library, but according to the Royal Collection Trust, which will publish A Note of Explanation on 16 October, Sackville-West was one of the few authors to pen a story exclusively for the dolls’ house.