Something Old: "Good Wives"

I have an affinity for old things. And for searching for them. This includes a love of old books, of course—and, more importantly as a designer, their covers. I came across this little gem, Good Wives, a few years ago, intrigued by the title (and curious about the message, Ms. Alcott. It turns out this is the sequel to an old favorite, Little Women). Swoon.

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"Good Wives" by Louise May Alcott, 1974 edition

"Good Wives" by Louise May Alcott, 1974 edition

It got a little grungy in the last 30-some years, but isn’t it adorable? I love everything about the front cover—in fact, it’s sitting on my desk between some treasured little comics, because the spine has a cute little illustrated rose and a tall sans serif. The back cover is a little disconnected design-wise, but the ornamental hand-rendered title lettering, with its slight ‘wild west’ flair, has just enough curves to make it feel a little garden-party, too. I love the of-the-era illustration style and the funny quirks like the super-squished ‘Louisa’, which is normally a type no-no but is endearing, here.

I hope you find something about this something old inspiring, like I have!