Little Women, 1947

DSC07118Can never seem to resist a drive to Concord and a visit to Orchard House.  On my trip yesterday,  I found a beautiful volume of Little Women, published in 1947.

Everyone knows how much I adore everything that Louisa May Alcott has written.

Can't you just see Jo running up that walkway into Orchard House?


DSC07118I have come across many different versions of Little Women,


DSC07118but this one is the same kind of edition that my mother gave to me when I was a little girl.

Published in 1947, the illustrations in this book are gorgeous.

Little Women

DSC07118The quality in the papers that they used in this book let you know this edition was something really special. This copy is beautiful, clean and the end pages are blue.

DSC07118Illustrated by Louis Jambor, this book has the most incredible illustrations,

and I was told by the shopkeeper in Orchard House that the black and white illustrations are her favorites.

There are so many black and white illustrations in this edition.  This is the edition Orchard House has chosen to feature in their Gift Shop, but unlike this one, their editions are a reprint of this edition.
Little Women

DSC07118"The special contents of this edition are copyrighted, 1947 by Gorsset & Dunlap, Inc. printed by Kingsport press. Inc., Kingsport, Tennessee."

DSC07118I placed it in my Etsy Shop For The Love of Old Books today.  


DSC07118I just love all the black and white illustrations, there are many inside this delightful volume.

Of course I can never resist taking the book to be photographed in front of Orchard House, the home where Little Women was written and took place.  I have been finding lots of treasures For The Love of Old Books, but I still get a thrill when I find an old volume of Little Women.

The song for this post is from the movie soundtrack, this song is Orchard House.

Here's a little gift I brought back for you.  I took the photo yesterday and created this keepsake just for you.

orchard house november 11, 2010
Custom Comforts said...

How gorgeous! What a lovely post ~ the book, the illustrations, the home, the music ~ the perfect blend. Thanks for taking us to the home of Little Women. Everything was beautiful and I so thoroughly enjoyed it!!!

Joyce's Journey said...

My mother's favorite book is "Little Women". I have her edition. I'll have to check the copyright date. This copy you found is stunning! What a find!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That music always makes me cry with its beauty! It is one of my favorite soundtracks, and that book is a real beauty! I so love to hear you share about Orchard House, and these pictures say it all, Karen.

Lots of craziness going on here with company and then the upcoming Christmas tour of homes, but it was so nice to carve out a little time to come spend with you. Your blog is a welcome escape for me. Lovely as always...


Sheila :-)

D. Jean Quarles said...

What a lovely post.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen....

I love little women and tend to purchase any copy I find while i'm out thrifting when I know of someone to give it to....

gorgeous post..all the time and love and effort that you put into your blog really shines through!
it's like an art form all on it's own..! and I enjoy my visits here to your corner of the world!

thanks for sharing!

ciao bella!

Creative Carmelina

Christmas-etc... said...

Oh this was so wonderful!!! Such a lovely journey! Thank you so much for taking me on it! You make me want to hop a plane and visit Concord today! What a stunning book! I do so love old books too! The way the feel, smell, look - everything.
Wonderful post! I must show it to my daughter!
Have a lovely weekend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Karen, this is a treasure, and your generosity to give it up on Etsy is a treasure in itself....I love the illustrations. Simple lines dancing on the paper to create a vision of a time of sweetness. Anita

Unknown said...

Hi Karen,
I love my trips to Orchard House..How weird is this..I'm going there tomorrow with some friends. Was there in March 2010 also..My favorite place to visit when in Concord..then we are eating at Papa Razzi's..yummy!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen, Your drives take you to the most amazing spots where you find wonderful treasures.
The is a great find and I so enjoyed your post. The pics and illustrations are just beautiful as only you can do. Karen you make your posts so special by adding all the details that make your blog such an inspiring place to be. So true to your blog title!

I must visit your etsy shoppe.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs and Blessings, Celestina Marie

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a thrilling find Karen. I loved seeing the illustrations and the book cover. Thank you for sharing these very special pages on your blog. laurie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

One of my favorite books, too! Love the photos you took to share with us all! Just amazing to see the home! ♥