New York: Frederick Warne & Co., 1907. First American edition. Original greenish brown boards lettered in white with color pictorial paper label on front cover. Neat ink inscription on half-title dated "February 1908". Twelvemo (5 3/8 x 4 inches; 137 x 101 mm). 84, , [1, imprint]. Color frontispiece and twenty-six color plates. Quinby Plate III endpapers as called for. A very fine copy in the original (very slightly chipped) glassine wrapper.
"Beatrix Potter, writer of some of the most beloved children's books of all time, was a woman of immense talent, indefatigable spirit, and a generous heart...Although she grew up in London, she was deeply influenced by long family holidays in the countryside, first in Scotland and later in the English lake district. As was the custom in families of her class, she was educated at home by governesses. An eager student of languages and literature, she grew up loving classic folk and fairy tales...Her talent for drawing and painting was discovered early and encouraged" (Beatrix Potter Society). Her career began with the release of the now-beloved Tale of Peter Rabbit; and her subsequent works expanded into a magical world of anthropomorphic animals such as Tom Kitten, Squirrel Nutkin, and Benjamin Bunny.
Quinby 13a. Linder, p. 427 (UK edition). (Item #3704)