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SOLD - Vintage books set of three rare Louisa May Alcott classics Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Under the Lilacs, special editions & covers

SOLD - Vintage books set of three rare Louisa May Alcott classics Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Under the Lilacs, special editions & covers

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There are no other books like these ones.

Of all the classic, prolific writers to have lived, Louisa May Alcott is one of the most well-known as her works appeal to both younger and older readers--in fact, they really were the first YA (young adult) books to come about in the 1800s, and the way in which Alcott wrote the characters transcended any genre-distinctions a "children's" book might have.

No matter what age you read them at, you'll surely want to re-read them, collect all the interesting editions that have been printed throughout the years (and continue to be printed, she is that popular), and if so, these three are a great collection to have. Two of the books come from the "Companion Library" series, rare to find in full, and though I was able to find one other copy (only one!) of Eight Cousins in this edition, the other from the same publisher/series, Under the Lilacs, I couldn't find in any reliable listing anywhere. Rose in Bloom is from another publisher entirely, Books Inc, and so the cover art is different (and from a different time -- the Companion copies came out in the twenties and this one in the forties) but just as enchanting and old-school, and I find the three fit together quite nicely.

I have in my shop an old set of Louisa May Alcott books from the 1800s that are absolutely beautiful, but these stand out too, and so if you are a true fan you really should own both.

I'll give you a brief synopsis of the books, but I won't tell you too much as I think it best to discover Alcott's wonderful works by going in blind.

Little Women, the book which Louisa May Alcott is arguably, but honestly likely most known for around the world, has the same charm and tragic but insightful, fun and serious, compelling plot as Little Women and the books of that same universe. This one is set in a different place entirely--Boston--and concerns a girl named Rose Campbell (who is also the protagonist of Rose in Bloom of course) who is described as lonely and sickly, and recently orphaned. A sad start to a wonderful story, Rose begins with a relocation to live with her great wealthy aunts in the city, a new experience for her and one which leads quickly to her new legal guardian, Uncle Alec, coming in to rescue her and take over her care. He has "unorthodox" ideas about raising a child, which actually helps Rose to become healthier and happier, and all the while she is making her place in a family of seven cousins (she's the eighth) she never knew, all boys. Can you imagine? The plot of the story is ripe for content and Alcott pulls it off so well you'll want to follow Rose after the end of the story on to the rest of her life as she grows up -- and you get to, in Rose in Bloom :)

Rose in Bloom is the sequel to Eight Cousins, and here we encounter Rose--no longer a child--in an entirely different situation as she embarks on a new and exciting life as a young adult, now healthy and happy and yearning for adventure. Rose is beautiful and has many suitors, but she dismisses them all, looking for the right one. The husband she will have is a great concern in the story, and after being away in traveling in Europe she returns to her cousins with everything changed--including a surprise proposal from one of them, to "keep the fortune in the family." Though she finds this insufferable at first, she soon finds herself falling for one of the cousins (which was usual at the time) and so she's conflicted as to her future and where she fits in society after her official, public "coming out" that was also the fashion of the time. Different suitors enter the story and its goes sort of all over the place from there, which is great to read and experience with Rose.

Last in the pack is the Companion Library edition of Under the Lilacs, rare and beautiful outside with a great story inside too. This book is more of a children's book at parts, but trends into a young adult novel; the main character isn't Rose but a strange combination of three characters--two little girls who start off the story, Bab and Betty, and then a young man they encounter named Ben (and his dog Sancho). Ben is a runaway from the circus and becomes a work hand on the girls' neighbor's farm. Tragedy strikes and we follow Ben as he deals with it, works hard, and meets different people including a girl who helps him through rough times named Miss Celia, and her younger brother Thornton. Much more happens as Ben tries to establish a life outside of the circus but misses the adventure of his old life, and it goes on from there. I find this book interesting as the main character isn't a female, which is unusual for Alcott outside of the sequel to Little Women (Little Men) and yet she writes Ben as a relatable character full of heart that just works.

All three stories showcase Alcott's amazing gift for writing and creating worlds and plots that pull you in before you know it, and characters you find you care almost too much about since they are really just fiction.

Many people love these books, and for good reason, and I hope you buy them and read them too and find you feel the same. :)

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full titles: Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Under the Lilacs
-Author: Louisa May Alcott
-Format: All three are hardcover books with full color illustrated dust jackets wrapped in plastic protective covering. Eight Cousins and Under the Lilacs have the same style as they come from the Companion Library series, with yellow backs that list the other books in the series; Rose in Bloom is a different edition, part of the Books for Boys and Girls series, which also has an ad on the back listing the other books from the series.
-Condition: All the books are in great shape, I don't know what else to say except their dust jackets are mostly unripped and reinforced by the plastic, there are maybe two tiny rips at the bottom of the first two pages of Rose in Bloom, and there are no markings, writings, or other rips in any of the copies. Like I said, they're great! :)
-Publishers: Books Inc for Rose in Bloom, Grosset and Dunlap for the other two.
-Copyrights: Eight Cousins = 1927 Grosset and Dunlap, Rose in Bloom = 1945 Books Inc, Under the Lilacs = 1928 Grosset and Dunlap
-Dates published: Rose in Bloom 1945, Eight Cousins 1927, Under the Lilacs 1928
-Provenance: I got all three of these from the same bookstore actually, and recently--a bookstore I go to a lot but had neglected for a while because I've been trying not to buy new books until I get the rest up. I was so enamored of these, though, that I had to get them up on here right away! There are no signatures to suggest who owned these before, so there's not much provenance to say for them, but whoever did was lucky because they are wonderful, RARE vintage copies and I'm happy they gave them up, for whatever reason they did.
-Pricing: I priced these books individually and added those prices together to make up the set, since you are getting three rare books in one bundle. Individually, as I said above, I only found one copy of Eight Cousins of this edition, and it was priced pretty low for being the only copy out there, but in addition to this I added the fact the other two are not available anywhere else at all, making them super valuable! So the lesser priced one added to the higher priced ones came to a total I thought was exactly right !
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There are no other books like these ones.

Of all the classic, prolific writers to have lived, Louisa May Alcott is one of the most well-known as her works appeal to both younger and older readers--in fact, they really were the first YA (young adult) books to come about in the 1800s, and the way in which Alcott wrote the characters transcended any genre-distinctions a "children's" book might have.

No matter what age you read them at, you'll surely want to re-read them, collect all the interesting editions that have been printed throughout the years (and continue to be printed, she is that popular), and if so, these three are a great collection to have. Two of the books come from the "Companion Library" series, rare to find in full, and though I was able to find one other copy (only one!) of Eight Cousins in this edition, the other from the same publisher/series, Under the Lilacs, I couldn't find in any reliable listing anywhere. Rose in Bloom is from another publisher entirely, Books Inc, and so the cover art is different (and from a different time -- the Companion copies came out in the twenties and this one in the forties) but just as enchanting and old-school, and I find the three fit together quite nicely.

I have in my shop an old set of Louisa May Alcott books from the 1800s that are absolutely beautiful, but these stand out too, and so if you are a true fan you really should own both.

I'll give you a brief synopsis of the books, but I won't tell you too much as I think it best to discover Alcott's wonderful works by going in blind.

Little Women, the book which Louisa May Alcott is arguably, but honestly likely most known for around the world, has the same charm and tragic but insightful, fun and serious, compelling plot as Little Women and the books of that same universe. This one is set in a different place entirely--Boston--and concerns a girl named Rose Campbell (who is also the protagonist of Rose in Bloom of course) who is described as lonely and sickly, and recently orphaned. A sad start to a wonderful story, Rose begins with a relocation to live with her great wealthy aunts in the city, a new experience for her and one which leads quickly to her new legal guardian, Uncle Alec, coming in to rescue her and take over her care. He has "unorthodox" ideas about raising a child, which actually helps Rose to become healthier and happier, and all the while she is making her place in a family of seven cousins (she's the eighth) she never knew, all boys. Can you imagine? The plot of the story is ripe for content and Alcott pulls it off so well you'll want to follow Rose after the end of the story on to the rest of her life as she grows up -- and you get to, in Rose in Bloom :)

Rose in Bloom is the sequel to Eight Cousins, and here we encounter Rose--no longer a child--in an entirely different situation as she embarks on a new and exciting life as a young adult, now healthy and happy and yearning for adventure. Rose is beautiful and has many suitors, but she dismisses them all, looking for the right one. The husband she will have is a great concern in the story, and after being away in traveling in Europe she returns to her cousins with everything changed--including a surprise proposal from one of them, to "keep the fortune in the family." Though she finds this insufferable at first, she soon finds herself falling for one of the cousins (which was usual at the time) and so she's conflicted as to her future and where she fits in society after her official, public "coming out" that was also the fashion of the time. Different suitors enter the story and its goes sort of all over the place from there, which is great to read and experience with Rose.

Last in the pack is the Companion Library edition of Under the Lilacs, rare and beautiful outside with a great story inside too. This book is more of a children's book at parts, but trends into a young adult novel; the main character isn't Rose but a strange combination of three characters--two little girls who start off the story, Bab and Betty, and then a young man they encounter named Ben (and his dog Sancho). Ben is a runaway from the circus and becomes a work hand on the girls' neighbor's farm. Tragedy strikes and we follow Ben as he deals with it, works hard, and meets different people including a girl who helps him through rough times named Miss Celia, and her younger brother Thornton. Much more happens as Ben tries to establish a life outside of the circus but misses the adventure of his old life, and it goes on from there. I find this book interesting as the main character isn't a female, which is unusual for Alcott outside of the sequel to Little Women (Little Men) and yet she writes Ben as a relatable character full of heart that just works.

All three stories showcase Alcott's amazing gift for writing and creating worlds and plots that pull you in before you know it, and characters you find you care almost too much about since they are really just fiction.

Many people love these books, and for good reason, and I hope you buy them and read them too and find you feel the same. :)

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full titles: Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Under the Lilacs
-Author: Louisa May Alcott
-Format: All three are hardcover books with full color illustrated dust jackets wrapped in plastic protective covering. Eight Cousins and Under the Lilacs have the same style as they come from the Companion Library series, with yellow backs that list the other books in the series; Rose in Bloom is a different edition, part of the Books for Boys and Girls series, which also has an ad on the back listing the other books from the series.
-Condition: All the books are in great shape, I don't know what else to say except their dust jackets are mostly unripped and reinforced by the plastic, there are maybe two tiny rips at the bottom of the first two pages of Rose in Bloom, and there are no markings, writings, or other rips in any of the copies. Like I said, they're great! :)
-Publishers: Books Inc for Rose in Bloom, Grosset and Dunlap for the other two.
-Copyrights: Eight Cousins = 1927 Grosset and Dunlap, Rose in Bloom = 1945 Books Inc, Under the Lilacs = 1928 Grosset and Dunlap
-Dates published: Rose in Bloom 1945, Eight Cousins 1927, Under the Lilacs 1928
-Provenance: I got all three of these from the same bookstore actually, and recently--a bookstore I go to a lot but had neglected for a while because I've been trying not to buy new books until I get the rest up. I was so enamored of these, though, that I had to get them up on here right away! There are no signatures to suggest who owned these before, so there's not much provenance to say for them, but whoever did was lucky because they are wonderful, RARE vintage copies and I'm happy they gave them up, for whatever reason they did.
-Pricing: I priced these books individually and added those prices together to make up the set, since you are getting three rare books in one bundle. Individually, as I said above, I only found one copy of Eight Cousins of this edition, and it was priced pretty low for being the only copy out there, but in addition to this I added the fact the other two are not available anywhere else at all, making them super valuable! So the lesser priced one added to the higher priced ones came to a total I thought was exactly right !

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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