Good Wives: A Story for Girls (Being a Sequel to Little Women), by Louisa May Alcott
London: Ward, Lock, and Co., Lily Series.
No date. Circa 1882-1889.
Hardcover in Very Good antiquarian condition. Decorative gold and silver colored gilt on the cover is bright and clean. Some slight rubbing to gilt over word "Good".
Spine has some sun fading but remains readable.
Binding is secure; some cracking and exposing of the hinges near the front of the book but does not compromise structure. Pages are clean with some normal-age-related foxing throughout.
About the book and "The Lily Series" Decorations:
First published in 1869, Good Wives is the first sequel to Little Women. It was followed by Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). This beautiful late Victorian edition was published as part of Ward, Lock, and Co.’s “Lily Series”.
Following the Industrial Revolution, new printing technologies allowed publishers to create affordable and attractive books that were previously unattainable for the newly literate middle class. The ornate bindings showcased the publisher’s decorative talents and was intended to attract potential buyers. Silver stamping was notoriously difficult to use effectively, the dyes for the gilt stamping were gut with a grain specifically designed to enhance sheen, and the black stamping added an extra lavishness as each color is printed separately and at additional cost to the printer. Even today, these bindings are strikingly beautiful.