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A First Trade Edition, [First Printing] of 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter in Very Good

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Seller notes: A First Trade Edition, [First Printing] of 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter in Very Good condition published by Frederick Warne and Co in 1902
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter 1st (First) Edition 1902


A First Trade Edition, [First Printing] of 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter in Very Good condition published by Frederick Warne and Co in 1902


First Trade Edition, [First Printing]—Edition identified by: 1) no date stated on title or imprint pages, 2) grey leaf pattern endpapers, 3) 'wept big tears' on printed page 51, 4) publisher stated as 'Frederick Warne and Co', 5) 'a' of 'was' and the 'e' of 'very' on line one, page 27 are in a slightly different typeface and 6) boards are not green. [References: Beatrix Potter: A Bibliographical Check List by Jane Quinby, reference 2 and A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter, Including Unpublished Work by Leslie Linder, page 421]


Very Good/[No dustjacket]: A very tidy example. All notable faults: Minor bumping at the head of the upper board, a few minor pencil marks, some light finger marks, small surface abrasions to the corners of a few pages, contemporaneous previous owner's inscription on the free front endpaper and previous owner's name on the free front endpaper. Dustjacket not present. Book conservation: Re-backed retaining the original endpapers.


Potter, Beatrix [Helen] Illustrator: Beatrix [Helen] PotterBeatrix [Helen] Potter (1866 to 1943)—English author, illustrator, mycologist and conservationist who was best known for her children's books that featured animal characters, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Potter's books include: 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', 'The Tailor of Gloucester', 'The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin', 'The Tale of Benjamin Bunny', 'The Tale of Two Bad Mice', 'The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle', 'The Pie and the Patty-Pan', '  The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher', 'The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit', 'The Story of Miss Moppet', 'The Tale of Tom Kitten', 'The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck', 'The Roly-Poly Pudding', 'The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies', 'Ginger and Pickles', 'The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse', 'The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes', 'The Tale of Mr Tod', 'The Tale of Pigling Bland', 'Appely Dapply's Nursery Rhymes', 'Tom Kitten's Painting Boo', 'The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse', 'Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes', 'Jemima Puddleduck's Painting Book', 'Peter Rabbit's Almanac', 'The Tale of Little Pig Robinson', 'The Fairy Caravan', 'Wag by Wall', 'The Tale of the Faithful Dove', 'The Sly Old Cat' and 'The Tale of Tuppenny'


Hardcover, 24 mo 142 mm (5 5/8 inches) by 107 mm (4 1/4 inches). [7], 8 to 11, [12 to 13 (blank)], 14 to 17, [18 to 19 (blank)], 20 to 23, [24 to 25 (blank)], 26 to 29, [30 to 31 (blank)], 32 to 35, [36 to 37 (blank)], 38 to 41, [32 to 43 (blank)], 44 to 47, [48 to 49 (blank)], 50 to 53, [54 to 55 (blank)], 56 to 59, [60 to 61 (blank)], 62 to 65, [66 to 67 (blank)], 68 to 71, [71 to 73 (blank)], 74 to 77, [78 to 679 (blank)], 80 to 83, [84 to 85 (blank)], 86 to 89, [90 to 91 (blank)], 92 to 93, [94 to 95 (blank)], 96 to 97 and [98 (colophon)] printed pages in publisher's original brown paper covered boards with white 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' on the spine, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', white on-lay showing Peter in a blue coat, 'by Beatrix Potter' and 'F. Warne & Co' on the upper board, issued in glazed paper dust jacket [not present]. Contains colour frontispiece and thirty colour illustrations by Beatrix Potter


Frederick Warne and Co, London, printed by Edmund Evans, London, No date stated [1902 actual]: Frederick Warne and Co—(Founded in 1865) A British publishing firm famous for children's books, particularly those of Beatrix Potter along with Edward Lear, Kate Greenaway Walter Crane. and Observer Books. Warnes became a limited company in 1918 and were absorbed Into the Penguin Group in 1983. Note on identifying first editions: Warne's method of identifying first editions appears to be somewhat haphazard, especially on high volume titles such as Potters and Observers books. The presence of 'Ltd' in the company name, indicates 1918 or later and from about 1940 until their absorption into the Penguin group they used a system of printers codes to indicate the printer, month and year. Other than that carefully checking of bibliographical information on a book by book basis is required. Just to ensure confusion, they do often state the copyright date e.g. A Tale of Two Bad Mice will state 'Copyright 1904 by Frederick Warne and Co', but this appears a every copy printed until at least 1940!. [McBride page 107 Zempel and Verkler page 484].


Peter Rabbit First Series Number One: Peter Rabbit First Series—A series of classic children's books by Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903), The Tailor of Gloucester (1903), The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904), The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904), The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906), The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907), The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908), The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909), The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910), The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911) and The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)) featuring animal characters, the best known being the main character in the first book; Peter Rabbit. The Series are companions to the books in the 'New Series' and 'Large Format Series', which between all three series have reportedly sold more than 150 million copies in 35 languages. The series contains 13 books. The first book was originally published in 1902 and the last book was originally published in 1918


Summary: The first book in the series. Peter Rabbit lives with his three sisters (Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail) and their mother. He invades the garden of Mr. McGregor, despite his mother's orders not to do so, and his adventures begin ….



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