|My very first edition|
of Little Women.
This morning, when I read on one of my social media feeds that Little Women was first published on this day in 1868, it brought a flood of happy memories back. I bought this little abridged version during the summer of of 1966 on a family camping trip to New England. I had my allowance saved up and stored in my vacation purse, so when we stopped in Burlington, Vermont, I went straight to Woolworth's with my sister in search of treasures.
|A cedar souvenir much like the |
one I bought in Burlington, Vermont.
Even then I was a fast shopper, no hemming or hawing for me, and I chose my treasures immediately--this copy of Little Women, a little souvenir cedar box with Burlington, Vermont stamped on it, and a small, fringed, leather purse to put the rest of my meagre savings into. I can still smell the cedar box to this day and my first Little Women is lovingly tucked into a chest upstairs, somehow surviving 50 years and half that many moves.
It was rainy and stormy that afternoon, better for reading than for swimming, so I settled right into my sleeping bag at my end of our camper and started reading. One of our favourite games to play was 'Authors', and it was exciting to be able to actually read one of the books on an author's card. Ivanhoe, The Deerhunter, and The Pickwick Papers were a mystery to me, but here I was reading Little Women. At one point I even used the Louisa May Alcott card as a bookmark, just so I could see her lovely, soft face as I read. I read and read and read that afternoon, listening to the soft lapping of the lake in the background, and now Lake Champlain and Little Women are forever bonded together in my mind.
|Two of my treasured books|
published in London, in 1880.