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Three Vassar Girls Abroad
Elizabeth Williams Champney, Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1883.

First edition, original pictorial boards, 4to, (front board creased, rear board lacking one corner, scattered soiling, extremity wear).

From the Vassar College Encyclopedia:
“Two years later, Champney finished the first of what would become a long series of “Three Vassar Girls” novels. Three Vassar Girls Abroad, illustrated throughout by Champ, recounts a lively tale of three Vassar students – Maud Van Vechten, the wealthy society girl; Barbara Atchison, the equally wealthy yet slightly eccentric West coaster; and Cecilia Boylston, the starving artist from Boston – on a leisurely romp across Europe. Over the next fourteen years, Champney produced ten more “Three Vassar Girls” volumes, situated everywhere from England to Switzerland to the Holy Land. Employing a “conversational” writing style, Champney managed both to entertain her young readers and to whet their intellectual appetites. In a typical “Three Vassar Girls” novel, the main characters tackle pertinent issues like bigotry and career development, while swooning over cute boys and attending garden parties.”

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    Aw shit, I need to tell my Vassar grad parents about this.
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    You can go visit the Vassar Girls series (and many other books about 19th century college girls) in Bryn Mawr Special...
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    wait. what? waaant!
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    hard to find, this one!
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    Sounds right up my street.
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    On my list of books to read on breaks!
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