London: Ward, Lock, & Bowden, Limited, N.D. [circa 1873]. First U.K. edition. 8vo. [182 x 119 x 20 mm]. 250,  pp. Bound in brown publisher's cloth with pictorial cover and spine. Publisher's advertisements on endleafs. Slight rubbing to spine edges. Corners bumped. Very good. Item #5
"I want something to do." Alcott writes of her wartime experiences as an author-nurse caring for the wounded in Washington, DC during the Civil War. Her novel proved central to Americans’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the nursing profession at this time. In Alcott’s case, Nurse Tribulation Periwinkle blends humor with pathos as the grim horrors of caring for the patients in the Union hospital in Georgetown counter her initially patriotic journey to Washington to take up her post.
A presentation copy with the inscription:
"Margaret Rowden--Lady Day, 1900.
Given to her by her friend and Priest, Henry John Frye, in grateful remembrance of her regular attendance in the Choir and at the Catechism Services, at Holton, Somerset."