Little Women; or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Illustrated by May Alcott

First Edition of “Little Women” in the Original Cloth

ALCOTT, Louisa M[ay]. Little Women or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Illustrated by May Alcott.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1868.

First edition, first printing, with no note at the foot of p. 341 regarding Little Women, Part Two, without “Part One” on the spine, and with Little Women priced $1.25 on the third page of the advertisements (p. 11). Twelvemo signed in eights. iv, [5]-341, [1, blank], [6, ads (numbered 3, 2, 11, 12, 8, 11)] pp. Frontispiece and three wood-engraved plates (facing pages 116, 135, and 320).

Original green sand-grain cloth with covers ruled in blind and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Plate opposite page 116 with minor marginal repair, spine ends expertly strengthened, inner hinges expertly repaired.

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ALCOTT, Louisa M[ay]. Little Women; or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Part Second. With Illustrations.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1869.

First edition, BAL State 1, with no notice for Little Women, Part First, at p. iv. Twelvemo signed in eights. [i-iii] iv, 5-356 [360], [8, ads (numbered 16, 12, 11, 3, 2, -, -, 14)] pp. Frontispiece and three wood-engraved plates (facing pages 44, 142 and 193.

Original green sand-grain cloth with covers ruled in blind and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Plate opposite page 142 with small piece of upper corner and tiny piece of lower corner torn away. Spine ends expertly strengthened, inner hinges expertly repaired.

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ALCOTT, Louisa M[ay]. Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo’s Boys. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1871.

First American edition (published about two weeks after the London edition), first issue, with Pink and White Tyranny listed as “nearly ready” in the ads. Small octavo. [4, ads], [4], 376 pp. Frontispiece and three wood-engraved plates (facing pages 13, 251, and 369).

Original terra-cotta sand-grain cloth with covers ruled in blind and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Spine extremities with minimal wear.

In summary, this is an excellent all first edition, first issue set in the original cloth of what has become a notoriously rare book to find in it's original state.

All three volumes housed together in a cloth slip-case.

BAL 158, 159, and 167. Peter Parley to Penrod 30. Grolier 100. American, 74. Item #01577

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