New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc./Publishers, 1980. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth and boards. Nearly Square 4to (9 1/2" x 7 1/2"), blue quarter cloth with gold lettering on spine over charcoal gray boards, illustrated with 16 pages of semi-glossy photographs, Mylar-protected lettered dust jacket (unclipped) with a black vertically pinstriped & dark blue jacket, [i-iv], v-xv, [xvi: blank] + 400 pages +  Acknowledgements. Fine / Fine. Item #2558
The Alcotts were a famous 19th century New England family. Today, probably the most famous family member is Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888), best known as the author of Little Women. Born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania (now a part of Philadelphia), Louisa May Alcott was the second of four girls born to Bronson Alcott, the famous Transcendentalist, and his wife, Abigail May.
The March family everyone came to love in Louisa's books is based on her own family, with Louisa as her alter-ego Jo and her sisters as the other three "little women."
Louisa May Alcott died just two days after her father, on March 4, 1888, from the side-effects of mercury poisoning acquired from the drug calomel (which is laden with mercury) that doctors used to treat the typhoid fever she contracted as a nurse during the Civil War. Louisa May Alcott is buried on "Authors' Ridge" in Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, with her family near the graves of Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne.
Anna had two boys. Her second son Johnnie never married. Louisa named him as her heir, so the rights to her books passed to him. Because he had no descendants, the rights to many of her writings went into the public domain.
Freddie married and had children. Those children had children and the descendants – at least some of them – still live near Concord and are active at Orchard House (the Alcott's home). Elizabeth died without children — as did Louisa.
An EXCELLENT FAMILY HISTORY in EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION internally & externally! Said Madeleine Stern, the well known biographer of Louisa: "A rich and intense history of a well-loved American family."