Collecting Vintage Alcotts
“Take some books and read; that’s an immense help; and books are always good company if you have the right sort.”
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
If you're new here to this little literature-loving space, you ought to know first and foremost that I supremely adore Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, Little Men, and several other jewels that frankly don't get enough attention. It's always been a dream of mine to begin collection some vintage editions of her books, and—well—I've finally started.
I scoured through Ebay and Etsy listings for months looking for the right editions to start my vintage Alcott collection. I finally found them—four beautiful editions at a steal, Jo's Boys, Eight Cousins, Jack and Jill, and An Old-Fashioned Girl.
This vintage edition of Jo's Boys was printed in 1925. I can't believe that's ninety-five years ago, for one thing—but the fact that this gorgeous, illustrated book still includes the original cover is another!
Under the cover is a beautifully illustrated printed canvas featuring famous stories from other children's classics. I spot Heidi, Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, The Wizard of Oz, and more.
The book also includes several black and white illustrations, which is was an unexpected bonus!
This edition of Eight Cousins was published in 1946. I adore the cover illustration, which, (despite the time Alcott wrote it, aha!) features some very 1940s-style art design. I find it interesting that this edition refers to the author as "Louisa Alcott" on the cover instead of her much more commonly-used full name. I haven't seen that before! On the inside title page, however, it does refer to her full name.
An Old-Fashioned Girl
This 1928 edition of An Old-Fashioned Girl came without a slip-cover, but inside is unearthed treasure! I was taken by surprise to see this incredibly gorgeous full-color illustration on the title page, which has suffered extremely little fading from age—if any at all—for a book that's almost a hundred years old.
Jack and Jill
And finally, this 1956 edition of Jack and Jill. This one also came without a slip-cover, but does feature a beautiful illustration on the front. When I opened this one, I was surprised again to find another full-color painting on the title page. Those colors, that font! I'm smitten!
I'm so glad I finally started my vintage Alcott collection, and I know I'll treasure these precious editions for a lifetime.
I'd love to hear from you if you're thinking of starting your own vintage book collection and don't know where to start, especially on a budget. I'd be happy to help you find what you're looking for! You can send me a message here on the blog under the 'About' page, or leave a comment below!
Until next time,