London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1903. Item #00665
First Published Edition
In the Rare Original Printed Glassine Dust Jacket
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1903.
First published edition, first issue (printed October 1903), with a single-page endpaper occurring four times. Twelvemo (5 7/16 x 4 1/16 inches; 139 x 105 mm.). 85, [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Color frontispiece and twenty-six color plates (included in pagination). Seventeen illustrations are entirely new for this edition; eleven of the illustrations are repeated from the December 1902 privately printed edition.
Original maroon boards ruled and lettered in white on front cover and lettered in white on spine. Color pictorial label on front cover within a blind panel in the shape of a truncated pyramid outlined in blind. Color pictorial endpapers (Quinby Plate I, a single-page endpaper occurring four times). Minimal fading to spine. Small circular bookseller’s label on rear pastedown. Otherwise a spectacular copy in very fine condition. Housed in a quarter brown morocco clamshell case with felt lining.
In the rare correct glazed paper glassine dust jacket printed in black with the price “1/- NET” at foot of spine, an advertisement for “The Peter Rabbit Books” on the back panel listing The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and The Tailor of Gloucester, and with vertical lines at the top and bottom of the spine indicating where the fold should come for the front panel. The jacket has a few very small chips along the top edge (the largest being a 3/8 inch piece missing at the top of the spine), but is certainly the finest jacket for this title that we have ever seen.
“The year 1903 appears on the front of the title-page of the first two printings. The first printing [October 1903] has a single-page end-paper occurring four times, and the second printing [December 1903], a double-page end-paper occurring twice. In the art fabric de-luxe edition, some copies have the usual frontispiece, others have the cover picture in its place. Both pictures were printed on one sheet, which was cut in half, and each half used as a tipped-in frontispiece. With this binding there was no cover picture” (Linder, p. 423).
Linder, p. 423. Quinby 4. V & A 1576.