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The Tale of Two Bad Mice - Beatrix Potter - Childrens Book 1st Edition First
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The Tale of
Two Bad Mice

This Sale is for the book entitled:

'The Tale of Two Bad Mice'

Beatrix Potter

It is the First Edition from 1904
It has been identified as the First edition by the following two points:

-  It has the date 1904 on the front of the title page

-  It has the correct endpaper designs that were used for the first edition


The Tale of Two Bad Mice is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, and published by Frederick Warne & Co. in September 1904.
Potter took inspiration for the tale from two mice caught in a cage-trap in her cousin's home and a dollhouse being constructed by her editor and publisher Norman Warne as a Christmas gift for his niece Winifred.

During the course of the tale's development, Potter and Warne fell in love and became engaged, much to the annoyance of Potter's parents who were grooming their daughter to be a permanent resident and housekeeper in their London home.

The tale is about two mice who vandalize a dollhouse. After finding the food on the dining room table made of plaster, they smash the dishes, throw the doll clothing out the window, tear the bolster, and carry off a number of articles to their mouse-hole.
When the little girl who owns the dollhouse discovers the destruction, she positions a policeman doll outside the front door to ward off any future depredation.
The two mice atone for their crime spree by putting a crooked sixpence in the doll's stocking on Christmas Eve and sweeping the house every morning with a dust-pan and broom.

The tale's themes of rebellion, insurrection, and individualism reflect not only Potter's desire to free herself of her domineering parents and build a home of her own, but her fears about independence and her frustrations with Victorian domesticity.


Binding: Hardback with white lettering and pictorial onlay to front board

Pages:  84

Measurements:  5.5 Inches x 4.25 Inches

Publisher:  Frederick Warne & Co.

Publishing Date:  1904


The Book is in Poor Condition
The spine cover is missing
The book is missing the front endpaper and also pages 79 + 80
The text block is only barely still attached by a strand of the string binding
There is a faint pencil mark to the half title page and a few other marks throughout
There is slight red staining to the corner of the last few pages which has blead from the rear cover
A few pages have tears and the binding is very loose at points
The boards have edge rubbing and marks
Overall Poor Condition only


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