Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Louisa May Alcott Letters
It's always amazing to me when I go looking for one thing and find another when browsing my favorite old book shops. I came across this lovely old book, Hospital Sketches by Louisa M. Alcott, "Author of Little Women"
Published in 1889 by Robert Brothers, when you open the book, you find a lovely inscription dated 1890 in the penmanship of the day. It measures 5 x 7 inches and is 379 pages. It holds several black and white illustrations.
Hospital Sketches is a compilation of four sketches based on letters Louis May Alcott sent home during the six weeks she spent as a volunteer nurse for the Union Army in Goeorgetown. The first was published in 1863.
The binding is lovingly worn, and in wonderful condition considering it is 111 years old. Some of the pages have a few small stains. This little treasure will complete a Louisa May Alcott collection, or be the lovely beginning of one.
I will package this lovely old treasure in parcel paper with a vintage ribbon.
My true love is in restoring the artwork I find inside Antique books. I am not a book seller, nor will I ever aspire to be one, but I just love bringing home one of these finds to offer to someone.
I have searched high and low on the Internet for this edition, I found one which the seller was trying to sell for hundreds of dollars. A valuable little treasure for someone who adores Louisa May Alcott, like I do, or a great book seller who will find a profitable little investment.
Listed in my little For The Love of Old Books on etsy, I will wrap this little treasure like an old fashioned parcel, tied with Vintage ribbons. Tucked inside you will find an original book plate with words PRESENTED TO, FROM, designed by me restoring an Antique illustration.