Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, [Part one], Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1868; first edition, first issue, 6pp. advertisements at end; Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, [Part one], Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1869, later issue, 10pp. advertisements at end; Little Women, or Meg. Jo, Beth and Amy, Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1869, "Part second", first edition, second issue, 8pp. advertisements at end; 3 volumes, 8vo (165 x 105mm.), each with 4 illustrations by May Alcott, original purple cloth blocked in gilt on upper covers and spines, maroon cloth chemises and morocco-backed slipcase, title-page of first slightly spotted, slight wear along upper hinge and spotting to fore-edge of the second, minor rubbing at foot of all spines
Fine bright copies of these celebrated stories based on the author's own experiences. Louisa May Alcott was born in Germanstown, Pennsylvania and spent most of her life in Massachusetts. Educated by her father, the philosopher and writer, Amos Bronson Alcott, she began writing to help support her family. She too, like her heroine Jo, wrote stories for pulp magazines under a male pseudonym. The illustrations were by her sister May, upon whom the character of Amy was based.
The first volume is the first issue with no reference to "Part second"; the second volume is a later issue printing from 1869 with this reference on page 341; Part second is the second issue with the notice referring to "Little Women, Part First" on page [iv], and four entries in the advertisement leaf at page .
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