DescriptionLouisa May Alcott. Little Women or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1869.
First edition. Two Sixteenmo volumes. 341 pages, 17 publisher's catalog bound in back; 359 pages, 8 page mis-paginated publisher's catalog bound in back. Illustrated by May Alcott.
First volume original green cloth with oval device and titles in gilt on the spine and front board. Rules stamped in blind on the front and back boards. Shelf wear mainly at the corners with some light scuffing to boards. Original brown coated endpapers. Small damp stain at the corner of the first few pages. Contents slightly toned. Front and rear hinges cracked but the text block is sound and tight. With a May 4, 1869 owner's name and date on the recto of the frontispiece indicating an early issue. Overall a very good copy. Second volume ("Part Second" on the spine title page) original terra-cotta cloth with oval devices and titles stamped in gilt on the spine and front board. Rules stamped in blind on the front and back boards. Slightly bumped corners with shelf wear mainly at the head and foot of the spine. Original brown coated endpapers. Contents slightly toned. Former owner's name on the second front free endpaper. Hinges starting. Slight skew to text block. Chipping to the edges of the last few pages. Uniform in condition with the first volume. Very good.
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