Jul 15, 2021 - Sale 2576

Sale 2576 - Lot 49

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888)
Little Women, or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.

Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1869.

[Together with] Little Women, Part Second, Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1869; two 16mo volumes, volume one early issue, illustrated with four wood engravings after May Alcott; with note advertising the second part present on page 341, without "Part First" on spine, Little Women part one only listed in the ten pages of advertisements after the text, available priced at $1.50; volume two first edition, without note about part one on page iv, eight pages of publisher's ads; both volumes bound in publisher's green cloth, oval title within Greek key border stamped in gilt on both front boards and spines; ex libris Hattie Flagg Tidd (1858-1910) of Stoneham, Massachusetts, with her signature in each volume, noting that the books were received as a birthday present, Hattie's birthday was June 1; in 1869, she was eleven years old; bindings a bit worn, shifting somewhat, some worming to the rear pastedown of the second part; other signs of use, 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.

"One of the pleasantest books we have read for a long time is, Little Women, the story of four young girls, --Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. This is a thoroughly natural and charming book, fresh and full of life, and we heartily recommend it to all young people, big or little. We gave it to a little girl of twelve to read, for whose opinion we have great respect, and she pronounced it just the nicest book. 'I could read it right through three times, and it would be nicer and funnier every time.' And, to our certain knowledge, she read it twice in one week, and would have read it again had not the book been carried off."-- Putnam's Magazine