Scarce. Previously released serially. True 1st Printing in book form Bal (177.1) 5000 printed issued in blue cloth only. Blue cloth binding, gold spine decorations, chocolate endpapers, frontispiece, 290 pages, 6 pages of ads. Moderate general wear. Binding cloth worn through at a few tiny points at corners. Hinges good, frontispiece tissue paper removed, pages slightly yellowed, some pages have brown age spots stained by soiled fingers, some page tips have minor dampstaining. 290 pages. 'Eight Cousins' was first serialized in England in 'Good Things' magazine between Dec. 5 1874 and November 27th 1875, and appeared in 'St. Nicholas' magazine from January to October 1875. Two chapters were taken out to make it the right length for magazines. The story of Rose Campbell, a lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and must now reside with her maiden great aunts, the matriarchs of her wealthy Boston family. When Rose's guardian, Uncle Alec, returns from abroad, he takes over her care. Through his unorthodox theories about child-rearing, she becomes happier and healthier while finding her place in her family of seven boy cousins and numerous aunts and uncles. She also makes friends with Phebe, her aunts' young housemaid, whose cheerful attitude in the face of poverty helps Rose to understand and value her own good fortune.