The First Book Form Edition of "The Story of Miss Moppet,"
in the Original Printed Glassine Dust Jacket
POTTER, Beatrix. The Story of Miss Moppet. London: Frederick Warne and Co., [n.d., after 1913].
First edition in book form (first published in wallet form in 1906). Twelvemo (4 13/16 x 4 1/8 inches; 123 x 105 mm.). 52, , [1, blank] pp. Color frontispiece and fourteen color plates (included in pagination). Black and white vignette on title-page.
Original gray boards lettered in dark green on front cover and spine. Large color pictorial label (measuring 2 7/8 inches; 73 mm. in diameter) on front cover (repeated from the illustration on p. 36) within a blind circular panel surrounded by a broad dark green border. Color pictorial endpapers (Quinby Plates XII and XIII). Very slight foxing to preliminaries. Otherwise a very fine copy.
In the original glazed paper glassine dust jacket printed in black with the price "1/3 NET" at foot of spine, with an advertisement on the rear panel for "The Peter Rabbit Books" listing The Tale of Pigling Bland and The Tale of Mr. Tod at "1/3 NET" under "Series II. New Style" and listing twelve titles already published, beginning with The Tale of Peter Rabbit and ending with The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes under "Series I," an advertisement on the front flap for "Other Delightful Books for Children by Beatrix Potter" beginning with The Roly-Poly Pudding and ending with The Story of Miss Moppet, and an advertisement on the rear flap for "A First Favourite with Children Peter Rabbit's Painting Book." The jacket has only minimal wear to spine extremities, with no loss.
Extremely scarce—we have never seen another copy in the jacket. Housed in a full dark green morocco gilt clamshell case.
"Miss Moppet in book form is not listed in either the ECB [English Catalogue of Books] or USC [United States Catalogue of Books]. However, the glazed paper dust jacket on No. 11A advertising Miss Moppet and the Fierce Bad Rabbit as ‘now first published in book-form' also lists Pigling Bland, which was published in 1913. It also gives the price for the ‘1st Series,' in boards at 1/3. Up to 1913 this series had been listed at 1/-, so it is certain that Miss Moppet and the Fierce Bad Rabbit in book form were published during or after 1913" (Quinby).
Linder, p. 426. Quinby 11A. V & A 1560.
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