London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1905. Item #05217
First Edition of “The Pie and the Patty-Pan,”
in a Superb 'Double' Pictorial Inlaid Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
POTTER, Beatrix. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. The Pie and the Patty-Pan. London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1905.
First edition, later printing (with “1905” on the verso of the title-page). Small quarto (6 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches; 174 x 133 mm.). 51,  pp. Color frontispiece and nine color plates (included in pagination). Twenty-one vignettes in black and white.
“The year 1905 appears on the front of the title-page of the first printing. The early printings have plain mottled lavender end-papers, which were shortly replaced by an end-paper design featuring a pie and a patty-pan. The cover picture was then changed from a cat in a small circle, to one of Ribby sitting by the fire, in a large circle” (Linder).
Sumptuously bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe ca. 1980 (stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in). Full dark brown crushed levant morocco. The front cover with a fine oval multi colored morocco image taken from the black and white illustration on page 11 of Duchess "And my pie was going to be veal and ham." The cover also decorated in gilt with tiny circles and a vertical stalk with leaves. The rear cover a fine oval multi colored morocco image taken from the color plate of 'Ribby' on page 50 "So there really was a patty-pan" similarly decorated in gilt as on the front cover. Smooth spine lettered in gilt with a small orange and green floral inlay at top. Gold and brown decorated end-papers, original front end-papers with a 'pie and patty-pan' design in pink and original brown front cover bound in at end with an onlaid picture of a cat in a small circle. Housed in a dark brown morocco edged, brown cloth slipcase with fleece-lining.
This is one of the prettiest little pictorial inlaid bindings that we have seen.
Sangorski & Sutcliffe, one of the leading bookbinders in London, was established in 1901 by Francis Sangorski (1875-1912) and George Sutcliffe (1878-1943). It is considered to be one of the most important bookbinding companies of the 20th century, famous for its luxurious bindings.
Linder, p. 425. Quinby 9. V & A 1542.