London: Frederick Warne and Company, 1903. First Edition. Hardcover. First commercially published edition (after the limited private printing), first printing, twenty-fourmo size, 86 pp. Near fine. Item #CNJWEM053
Beatrix Potter (1866-1922) is likely one of the most beloved of childrens' book authors, for having given the world "Peter Rabbit" and his many companions, which have delighted children - and adults - for generations. "The Tailor of Gloucester" was referred to by Beatrix Potter as "my own favourite amongst my little books" (Carpenter and Prichard, p. 514); no wonder to us, with its charming tale of a destitute tailor being saved by a group of highly industrious mice.
As with "Peter Rabbit", "Tailor" was initially published in a privately printed edition of 500 copies in December of 1902. It was first commercially published in October of 1903, with the first printing having single-page-endpapers (shown in this volume), the second printing having a double-page endpaper (per Linder). In addition, the privately-printed edition had only eleven illustrations, this trade edition added sixteen for a total of twenty-seven colour illustrations (including the frontispiece).
___DESCRIPTION: Maroon paper boards stamped in grey (per Linder, it was issued in both maroon and dark green paper boards), pictorial onlay on the front board of a mouse sitting on a spool of thread reading "The Tailor and Cutter", first printing endpapers (Quinby, plate I.), colour frontis of a finely-dressed lady and gentleman from "the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets", one of the total of twenty-seven colour plates throughout; twenty-fourmo size (5 5/8" by 4 3/8"), pagination: [1-7] 8-86 (note that pagination includes the colour plates and their blank versos).
___CONDITION: A near fine copy, the boards clean, the paper onlay clean and unrubbed, the corners very gently bumped but not rubbed, the text block strong and square with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a few very light marks on several pages, else fine.
___CITATIONS: Quinby no. 4 (with the first issue points, please inquire for details), Linder p. 423, Christie's Frohnsdorff Collection, no. 23, Carpenter and Prichard pp. 513-514.
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