New York: World Publishing Company, 1969. 1st Edition. Large octavo, publisher's red cloth, spine and upper board gilt, illustrated endpapers, top edge stained yellow, original illustrated dust jacket.
"The memories of New England spring and summer, of fall and of winter, were the beginning of my pictures and stories...I just drew pictures to catch the memory of some special moment, and cherished the thought of someday making illustrations for books" (from Tasha Tudor's "Out of New England," Horn Book Magazine, November 8th, 1941). First edition of Louisa May Alcott’s adored classic illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Tudor illustrated nearly one-hundred books throughout her lifetime and was universally known for her exquisite watercolors and pencil drawings depicting an idyllic, old-fashioned vision of the 19th-century way of life. Considering Tudor's deep and abiding affection for New England, the place of her birth and where she resided for the majority of her life, along with a passion for simple living—she famously styled herself in 19th-century inspired habiliments she made herself and carried a handmade willow basket to do her grocery shopping—she was the perfect candidate to illustrate the multifaceted bildungsroman set in 19th-century Massachusetts. Quaintly illustrated with over 50 pencil drawings and eight reproductions of watercolor paintings by Tudor. First printing, with complete number row to colophon. Corners rubbed, light shelfwear and staining to edges of textblock; price-clipped dust jacket with some chipping and edgewear and toning to spine panel. Very good. Item #4634