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The Tale of Peter Rabbit by  Beatrix POTTER - First Edition - 1904 - from Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, ABAA and

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

by POTTER, Beatrix

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Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1904. Hardcover. 24mo. Green cloth with red lettering and red, blue and white front board pictorial stamping. 127pp. Color frontispiece, 30 full-page color plates, pictorial endpapers. Very good. Slightest bit of faint edgewear; inoffensive old archival mend to 1½" tear on page 31, else internally near fine. A tight, quite charming first U.S. edition, second format, bearing the "Altemus' Wee Books for Wee Folks" on title page and an all-important "Brenda / from / Helen. / Christmas 1904" gift inscription on inner flyleaf which places it squarely among the earliest American printings. Some call this a pirated edition, though Quinby argues that the original publisher (Frederick Warne) stumbled in obtaining proper copyright. Lacks the desirable dust jacket, else a superb early printing of this quite scarce title in exceptional condition.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The story follows Peter Rabbit, a mischievous and disobedient young rabbit, as he ventures into the garden of farmer Mr. McGregor. The tale was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter's former governess, in 1893. It was revised and privately printed by Potter in 1901 after several publishers' rejections but was printed in a trade edition by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902.  Read more: Identifying first editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit


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