First edition, first printing, of LITTLE WOMEN, together with the first edition, second state, of LITTLE WOMEN, PART SECOND, of one of the great American children's books.
"My favorite literary heroine is Jo March. It is hard to overstate what she meant to a small, plain girl called Jo, who had a hot temper and a burning ambition to be a writer." – J.K Rowling, NEW YORK TIMES "By the Book," 2012
A semi-autobiographical tale about the struggles of four sisters growing up while their father fights in the Civil War, LITTLE WOMEN demonstrates the life-altering power of reading children's books. The tomboyish writer, Jo March, has especially resonated with readers, becoming an inspiration to a startling number of preeminent 20th-century authors: Ursula K. Le Guin, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Petry, J.K. Rowling, Sonia Sanchez, Patti Smith, and more. The book's influence as a bildungsroman for young women around the world is matched by few other works. This copy contains the two parts we now call LITTLE WOMEN; the second part was written and published one year after the first; they were not issued together until 1880. A beautiful copy of a formative book for countless young readers.
Read more: Patti Smith, "A Responsible Freedom"; Bibliography of American Literature 158, 159.
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1868, 1869. Two octavo volumes. 6.5'' x 4''. Early 20th-century full tan calf bound by Zaehnsdorf, board triple-ruled in gilt, raised bands, spines elaborately gilt-stamped, black goatskin spine labels. Marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Each volume illustrated with frontispiece and three full-page plates. LITTLE WOMEN priced at $1.25 in rear ads of first part; notice of first part on page  of second part; 4 titles listed on page . 341, , ; 359, , ,  pages. Goatskin bookplates of Harold Murdock on front pastedowns. Light edgewear to extremities, text lightly toned (as usual): an unusually clean copy.
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