London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1904. Item #02899
First Edition of The Tale of Two Bad Mice
In The Original Printed Glassine Dust Jacket
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Two Bad Mice. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1904.
First edition. Twelvemo (5 7/16 x 4 1/8 inches; 139 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.
Red boards, white lettered, with pictorial label in color. Short (1/4 inch) closed tear to outer margin of frontispiece. Small area of light abrasion on lower right-hand corner of front board and some very slight rubbing to board extremities.
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.” Small piece (1/2 x3/8 inch) missing at top left hand edge of jacket and small chip (3/16 x 3/16 inch) at top of jacket spine.
Overall an excellent to near fine copy of this very rare title in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a quarter red morocco clamshell case with felt lining.
Linder, p. 424. Quinby 7. V & A 1668.