London: The Nonesuch Press, . First edition. First edition, first impression, inscribed upon publication on the front blank by the authors "With love from / Eily and Bernard. / Xmas 1925". Small oblong quarto.  pages. Vignette title-page and twenty-two full page color lithographed plates by Elinor Darwin. Publisher's original tan pictorial paper boards with red medallion. In the scarce original light green dust jacket with circular aperture for the medallion. Publisher's original pictorial paper boards. Small oblong quarto. Twenty full page color lithographed plates by Elinor Darwin. A near fine copy accompanied by its sequel.
"Children's books are normally weary, stale, flat and profitable, it would appear in proportion to their flatness and staleness. Mr. Tootleoo... is on the contrary very much 'in the round' and as fresh and brisk as a child (or a grownup reader to a child) could desire. Its tale is excellent, its verse simple and witty, and its pictures - two dozen full-pages printed in four colours - are delicious" (Nonesuch prospectus 1925). The present signed copy is accompanied by the sequel to the successful Tale of Mr. Tootleoo. It, like its predecessor, was celebrated for being an engaging work. "
Dreyfus 27 & 45. Near Fine (Item #3593)