London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1904. Item #00667
in the Original Printed Glassine Dust Jacket
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1904.
First edition. Twelvemo (5 1/2 x 4 1/8 inches; 140 x 105 mm.). 84, , [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Color frontispiece and twenty-six color plates (included in pagination). Black and white vignette on title-page.
Original tan boards ruled and lettered in dark green on front cover and lettered in dark green on spine. Color pictorial label on front cover within a blind oval panel outlined in blind. Correct color pictorial endpapers (Quinby Plate II). Minimal darkening to board edges. Otherwise a near fine copy. Housed in a quarter blue morocco clamshell case with felt lining.
In the original glazed paper glassine dust jacket printed in black with vertical lines at the top and bottom of the spine indicating where the fold should be for the front panel, with an advertisement on the rear panel for “The Peter Rabbit Books” listing five titles, including The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Two Bad Mice under “New Books for 1904,” and with advertisements on both flaps: “A Selected List of Art Picture Books for Children.” The top (3/8 inch) and bottom (7/8 inch) of the jacket spine (including the price) are missing. There are two small holes (approximately 3/8 inch) on the front panel as well as a piece (1 x 3/4 inch) missing on the back panel.
Linder, p. 424. Quinby 6. V & A 1581.