The first separate edition of a story originally penned in 1907 for the Warne children, rediscovered in 1918 by Fruing Warne, who expressed a preference for this title over the author’s preferred Tale of Jenny Crow; “Beatrix jibbed at the ‘rather namby pamby’ pigeons, since they left little scope for pictorial variety – ‘it is too much pigeon, over & over’ – and she had never been good at birds.” [Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick].
Unfortunately the author could not be convinced to provide illustrations for this work, and Warne were not keen on using another illustrator that she recommended, and as a result the work was not published until 1955, followed by an edition illustrated by Marie Angel in 1970.
First edition, number 74 of 100 copies; 16mo (138 x 108 mm.); usual light browning to free endpapers; publisher’s green cloth, dust-jacket, an excellent copy.
Linder 432; V&A pp.1236-1238 & 1715; Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick p.168
Stock ID: 99586