ALCOTT,LOUISA MAY. NELLY'S HOSPITAL [IN] OUR YOUNG FOLKS VOLUME 1. Offered here is the bound volume of the first 12 issues of Our Young Folks published in 1865 in Boston by Ticknor and Fields. 8vo (6 x 8 3/4"), original publisher's green cloth with extensive gilt pictorial spine, 808p., occasional margin soil else near Fine. The 11 page story of Nelly's Hospital appears in the April issue and deals with a little girl who, in her quest to become a nurse, learns compassion by caring for small wounded animals. Alcott herself had been a Civil War nurse and no doubt drew upon that experience in writing the story. She also champions the idea of a woman taking charge of her own life independent of a man. The story was published separately and distributed by the U.S. Sanitary Commission some time in 1865. This volume also contains work by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Longfellow and host of other important American authors and it is profusely illustrated with woodcuts. BAL 150.