Mechanical duplicated text in aniline ink (presumably an early hectograph), “Miss Alcott does not send autographs.”. Autographs, Louisa May Alcott.

Mechanical duplicated text in aniline ink (presumably an early hectograph), “Miss Alcott does not send autographs.”

[Boston: n. p., ca. 1880?]. Slip approx. 2.25 x 3.5 inches mounted to a slightly larger card. Some offset to the verso of the mount from an old laser-printed description once laid in with the card; a little toning; in very good condition. Item #19380

Some measure of Alcott’s celebrity; another, presumably earlier example of this sort of card from Alcott (letterpress rather than spirit-duplicated) appeared at auction in 2015 together with a clipped signature. Alcott apparently had to deal with shoals of fan mail in the wake of Little Women requesting autographs, and accounts of Alcott’s life (see for instance Martha Saxton’s 1977 biography) note that she would be besieged by autograph seekers whenever she made public appearances, “Louisa was well enough to attend the tenth anniversary of the founding of Vassar in February of 1875. She was proud to be among the honored guests, but refused adamantly to make a speech. Instead, she offered to stand and revolve on the speakers’ platform so all four hundred girls could see her. Her offer was accepted. Afterward she signed autographs until she couldn’t write anymore.”.

Price: $250.00