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The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

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The Velveteen Rabbit


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First American Edition. First Printing, of this beloved children's classic. Fine in a fine, original dust jacket. A remarkable copy of "one of the first modern picture books, a perfect combination of story and pictures." (Mahony). Scarce, in this condition, especially in the unrestored original dust jacket. Original pictorial paper and dust jacket. Illustrated with 4 full-page and 3 double-page color lithographs. [8], 19, [1] pages. Octavo. 9.5'' x 7''. An absolutely wonderful copy this beloved classic. A must for serious collectors of Children's Literature.

This book captures the wistful attachment to our childhood toys through the story of a stuffed rabbit that hopes the love of its owner can make it real. It is one of the great collaborations in modern children's books, with the lithographs and the text equally invoking bittersweet affection: 'You were Real to the Boy [.] because he loved you.' Later printings did not use lithography to produce Nicholson's drawings, making the first printing especially distinctive in the quality of its lustrous illustrations.


The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real, is the story of a toy rabbit who wants to become real through the love of his owner. The stuffed rabbit is overlooked by the boy whom he is given, the boy preferring to play with more mechanical and sophisticated toys than the simple stuffed rabbit. The rabbit holds onto a story told to him by the oldest and wisest toy in the nursery, the skin horse, about how toys can become real through love. Eventually, the boy becomes attached to the soft doll, but after developing scarlet fever the doctor orders the boy sent away to recover and all his toys and belonging burnt. The rabbit is so sad over his separation from the boy he begins to cry and sheds a real tear - after which the nursery fairy appears to turn him into a real rabbit. It has been adapted many times into television, film and onto the stage. The National Education Association listed it among the top 100 books for teachers of children in 2007. Author Margery Williams’ first children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit was published in 1922 by George H. Doran Company in London and has remained in print continuously since, owing to its popularity as a story of the power of enduring love. -

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The Velveteen Rabbit
Book Condition
Used - Fine
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First Edition
George H. Doran
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published

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A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...
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