London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. First or second (identical) printing, twenty-fourmo size, 94 pp., in a custom box. Very good +. Item #CNJWEM058
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 Tale of Mr. Tod", the eighteenth story in the series, feature two villians as the main characters - a badger, Tommy Brock, and a fox, Mr. Tod. The story does include two of Potter's most popular heroes, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, and, in the end, Mr. Tod helps the rabbits via a rather circuitous route.
This volume the first edition, first or second (they were identical per Linder) printing with the dedication reading "For William Francis of Ulva", which was quickly corrected to "For Francis William of Ulva". Little Francis was the newly-born son of Potter's cousin, Caroline, who had married the Laird of Ulva.
___DESCRIPTION: Grey boards stamped in green (Quinby's "Another Copy of No. 21"), pictorial onlay on the front board of Mr. Tod, first edition endpapers (Quinby, plate XI.), colour frontis of Mr. Tod one of the total of fifteen colour plates throughout, title page vignette of two rabbits in jackets, in-text black-and-white illustrations on almost every page; twenty-fourmo size (5 5/8" by 4 3/8"), pagination: [1-6] 7-94 (note that pagination includes the colour plates). Housed in a custom box of quarter green leather with light green cloth sides, gilt lettering and decorations on the spine, inner trays lined with decorative paper.
___CONDITION: Better than very good, the boards clean, the paper onlay clean and unrubbed, the corners straight, the text block strong and square with solid hinges, the interior mostly clean and bright (a few light smudges here and there), and the book entirely free of prior owner markings; the gutter between pp. 58 and 59 slightly cracked, but the signatures securely in place, the corners showing minimal rubbing, as are the head and tail of the spine. Custom box is fine, clean and utterly without wear. A lovely example.
___CITATIONS: Quinby 21 (with the first issue points of "refreshment" on p. 27, "something-much dinged in, in the middle" on p. 75, and "amongst the wreckage" on p. 90, as well as the afore-mentioned dedication which is the earliest/uncorrected state), Linder pp. 210-212 and p. 429, Christie's Frohnsdorff Collection, p. 38.
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