Published by Frederick Warne & Co. London; 1905. This lovely little first edition of one of treasured author Beatrix Potter’s classic first editions is in Very Good - Near Fine condition. Bound in the original blue paper boards, with mottled lavender endpapers, tthis is a true first edition of this tale and meets all of Quinby’s first edition points. This very attractive copy is unrestored and is a lovely example. There is some sun fading to the spine and very slightly to the top half of the front and back boards, adn some negligible bumping to the corners and also to the spine ends. Otherwise, the boards are bright and free from marking. Inside, there are the original mottled lavender endpapers, with only the slightest amount of toning. The pages themselves are predominantly clean and bright, with just a few pages having some slight age spotting and toning, but only to the egdes. There is one illustration, on p.33 where the Duchess has been coloured in black, this has also caused some slight marking to the blank page opposite it in black ink. There is also some slight speckling to one plate, on p. 43. Otherwise all illustrations are intact and untouched.
In all, apart from these minor flaws, this lovely book is a very attractive copy of what was, after Tailor of Gloucester, Beatrix Potter’s favourite tale. The lovely illustrations of flowers and plants in the doorways and gardens bring lovely colours to the illustrations, which had not been previously associated with her tales. The mottled lavender endpapers are an unusual variation to her works and occurred due to an oversight, where no-one had thought to prepare a design prior to publication. This was only amended with the reissue of the book several years later and in a different binding. This lovely example of this classic tale would be the perfect addition to any collection of Beatrix Potter first editions.