Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1898. Later edition. , ii, 379, [3 (blank)] pp. Frontispiece & 3 inserted plates. 12mo. 6-7/8" x 4-5/8". Original publisher's pale green cloth binding with gilt stamped lettering to spine & front board. Light green floral patterned paper eps. General wear, volume cocked. Backstrip a bit faded. Verney's bookplate. A VG copy. Item #51235
When the Civil War broke out, Alcott served as a nurse in Union Hospital in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., for six weeks in 1862–1863. Sketches, her first published book, was an outgrouth of this army experience, wherein she writes "about the mismanagement of hospitals, the indifference and callousness of some of the surgeons she encountered, and her passion for seeing the war firsthand." [Wiki]
Ruth Florence Verney was Florence Nightingale's god-daughter, the Verney family being closely connected to Nightingale by work, and by the marriage of her sister, Parthenope, to Sir Harry Verney. Ruth Verney maintained an interest in the nursing profession, building a small library of titles in the genre, and her extended family known today for their work in maintaining Nightingale's legacy after Florence's death.