by Alcott, Louisa May; Cooney, Barbara (illustrator)
New York: Crowell, 1955. Striking illustrated edition of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, following the fortunes of the four March sisters during the Civil War, the first edition to include drawings by two-time Caldecott medalist Barbara Cooney. Originally issued in two parts in 1868 and 1869, Little Women was an immediate sensation; generations of American readers grew up alongside Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, sharing their setbacks and triumphs. The tomboy sister Jo, who struggles to maintain her independence and provide for the family through her writing, is based on Alcott herself: "Poor dear, just wait till I make my fortune, and you shall revel in carriages and ice cream and high-heeled slippers and redheaded boys to dance with. . . . Thank goodness, I can always find something funny to keep me up." A near-fine copy of an American classic. Large octavo, original blue cloth lettered in black, original clipped color pictorial dust jacket. Black-and-white illustrations throughout text. Light edgewear to jacket, spine panel sunned, occasional stray mark to back panel and light foxing to flaps.
(Inventory #: 1001406)
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