6 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches; 210 pages plus 16 pages of publisher's ads; title page illuminated in red; illustrated. Green cloth decorated with fairy with wings spread surrounded by flowers, boards are clean and bright with mild wear at extremities, gift inscription in front end paper, small closed puncture through first three leaves (includes frontis & title page), pages lightly toned, binding sound. Gray paper dust jacket with black illustration on front panel to match front board, heavy wear at extremities with chipping and tears at creases, now in protective mylar cover. Scarce in dust jacket. Flower Fables was the first work published by Louisa May Alcott, originally published in 1854. The book is a compilation of fanciful stories written six years earlier, when she was just sixteen years old, for Ellen Emerson, daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The book was published in an edition of 1600 and though Alcott thought it "sold very well", she received only about $35 from the publisher.
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