ALCOTT, Louisa M. (author). M.E. GRAY (illustrator). Little Women. London, Hodder And Stoughton Ltd., circa 1923.
Royal 8vo. Original orange cloth pictorially decorated in red and black, pictorial grey and red endpapers, top edges ochre, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi], vii-ix + [i] + 307; with a total of 12 beautiful coloured plates tipped in on cream stock and captioned beneath; both externally and internally a pristine, sharp, copy, with a small and neat ink inscription to front blank, a tiny ink bookseller's stamp to title-page, below the imprint, and with fine plates throughout, protected by the very elusive dustwrapper with a colour plate to upper panel (repeated internally), the jacket in uncommonly clean condition with a little gentle toning to upper panel, a few short closed tears to spine ends with two small chips and neat strengthening to the reverse, very small loss to forecorners, and a single minor triangular chip (12 x 7mm) to bottom edge of upper panel.
Very early edition illustrated by Gray and one of the most popular interpretations of this classic. A volume in the New Golden Series of Colour Books. This copy is dated from the advertisements which list the new title for 1923 to the rear panel.