THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT 1902 DELUXE COPY VERY RARE BEATRIX POTTER. 97pp The rare 1st edition coloured deluxe edition with "wept big tears" on page 51. The boards are grubby and slightly cocked. The pages are gilt edged.Internally the text block is hanging on by a thread. There is a neat inscription "to dearest Robbie on his birthday with daddy's love 13 Feb 1903". The pages are all intact without any tears. There is some slight pencil marking to pages 10,15,16, 28,33,39 and slight surface loss to the gutter on pages 22/23 and the gutter is visible on a few pages. Still an extremely rare copy of which 2000 copies were bound in the deluxe format in green or yellow. Publication began in October 1902 with a first edition of 8,000 copies; a further 12,000 copies were printed in November and 8,220 copies in December.
Within a year Warne was already planning a sixth printing. Potter was astonished: The public must be fond of rabbits! What an appalling quantity of Peter. Widely considered to be one of the most popular children's books of all time. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Has gone on to sell an astonishing 40 million copies worldwide. The format of the book has changed considerably since its first printing in October 1902. The text of the first three printings is identical but in the fourth printing of April 1903 Potter changed just one word;'Peter wept big tears' became'Peter shed big tears'. By August 1903 Potter had already published a second book. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.In order to accommodate the new endpapers in the fifth and subsequent printings of. Potter reluctantly eliminated a further four illustrations and adjusted the text accordingly. Warne introduced white jackets to all the little books during the Second World War but it was not until years later that they became standardised to distinguish them from re-illustrated and pirated editions.
The 1987 Original and Authorized Edition of the series featured rephotographed illustrations and green covers under white jackets. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "potterfirsteditions" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.