POTTER, Beatrix.

The Tale of Tom Kitten.

Stock Code
99403
The Tale of Tom Kitten.

London, Frederick Warne and Co., 1907.
£500
An attractive first edition copy of The Tale of Tom Kitten, one of the author's most well-known titles, a study in manners and children's intuitive abhorrence of such things perhaps. Potter began work on Tom Kitten in the summer of 1906, using the gardens and Hill Top as the backdrop. She wrote her publisher Harold Warne: "I have not quite finished the Kitten, it is an exasperating model; and I always find it difficult to settle to work in the country. I hope I have not been inconveniently long about it." Despite this exasperation the character remains one of her most enduring, and saw spin-off painting and music books, as well as a wide range of other merchandising.
 
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Description

First edition, first, second or third printing; 16mo; 27 colour plates, plain title vignette and colour pictorial endpapers all by Beatrix Potter, light stain to top edge affecting leaves to diminishing degree up until page 27, otherwise internally very good; publisher's beige boards blocked in white with inset colour illustration to upper cover, slight darkening to spine with small splits and some rubbing to head, but overall a very good example, presented in later cloth solander box.

Bibliography

Linder p.427; Quinby 13   Stock ID: 99403

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