LITTLE WOMEN and GOOD WIVES by Louisa May Alcott.

Published by Blackie and Sons. No date. c. early 1900s

Cover deisgns by Talwin Morris.


Talwin Morris (1865-1911) was a prolific art nouveau book designer and artist working in Glasgow in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is particularly known for his Glasgow Style book designs and is best remembered for his book designs for Glasgow publishers Blackies & Son.


Morris's book designs became influential in moving away from the pictorial bindings of the Victorian era to a modern approach where line, curve and decoration were used to entice the reader.  


Though most of his deisgns were unsigned, some featured Morris's "signature" of a single dot followed, after a pause, by a further two dots (a stylized rendition of his initials in morse code). His morse code initialing can be seen on these LITTLE WOMEN and GOOD WIVES book covers. 



Condition note: Good.  Both covers are bright. 



Good overall antiquarian condition. 

Some fading and rubbing noted to the spine, especially over "Little Women" title. (Please see photo). Despite this, spine is clear to read. 

Slight lean to the standing book. 

Minor fraying to cover board corners, and some wear noted to the external hinge point where the cover meets the spine. Some normal age related scuffing noticeable on the back blue cover.

Some foxing on all sides of page edges, and some foxing inside. 

Binding is secure with some cracking and light exposure of hinges throughout. 



Good overall antiquarian condition. 

On the gold-colored gilt of the spine where it says "Good Wives", over the word "Good" there is a very strip of rubbing where the gilt has worn off revealing the red fabric underneath. 

On close inspection of the cover, there appear to be three water drop marks. (They blend in with the design but are noticeable upon close inspection. Not noticeable from a distance such as when displayed on a shelf). 


This set was acquired by Barrow Bookstore from a bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland, and brought back to Concord,  Massachusetts, Louisa May Alcott's hometown. The set is now ready for its new home with you!

LITTLE WOMEN and GOOD WIVES by Louisa May Alcott



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