THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT.
London: Frederick Warne and Co, No date. (1902.). First trade edition. First issue, with brown boards and "wept big tears" on page 51. Leaf-patterned endpapers. This first published edition contains the first appearance of coloured illustrations, and there are four colour plates which appear in the first four issues that do not appear in later printings, including the cover illustration of Peter in his blue jacket and the image of Mrs. McGregor (Beatrix Potter) carrying a pie, on page 14. Ownership inscription dated 1903 to the recto of the frontispiece; few small marks; head & heel of spine expertly strengthened; else a very good copy of this classic. Contained in a morocco-backed gilt folding box.. Quinby 2. The first issue was in October 1902, the second in November, the third on December, all are believed to be identical. The first trade edition, which is thought to have had a print run of 10,000 copies, of which 2000 were bound in cloth and sold as a de-luxe edition, was proceeded by two privately printed editions of 250 copies and 200 copies only. The first trade edition in nice condition is rapidly becoming very difficult to find.