Tale of Mr. Tod

Beatrix POTTER

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Tale of Mr. Tod
Tale of Mr. Tod


POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mr. Tod. London and New York: Frederick Warne, 1912. 16mo, original gray boards, mounted cover illustration, pictorial endpapers. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box.

First edition, later printing, of one of the more uncommon Potter titles, with frontispiece and 14 illustrations in color and 42 in-text line drawings.

This tale, longer than her previous efforts and illustrated with more in-text, black-and-white line-drawings, inaugurated Potter's "new series" of Peter Rabbit books, sporting a format "adopted because Potter had no longer the inclination to produce the number of colored pictures used in her other books; and [because] she had told Warnes that she was finding it 'so difficult to continue to make 'fresh' short stories" (Linder, 211). Nevertheless, this darker and more sophisticated story—in which Potter, for the first time, crafts a tale featuring villains as protagonists—reveals the beloved author-illustrator "at the height of her powers" (Carpenter & Prichard, 424). "The end of Mr. Tod is left a question-mark, and children complained that there was no sequel—but the characters lived on in Beatrix's mind, and she supplied news of their doings in letters… In reply to one child Beatrix wrote, 'I have inquired about Mr. Tod & Tommy Brock, and I am sorry to tell you they are still quarrelling'" (Taylor et al., 148). Later printing, with the dedication corrected from "William Francis" to "Francis William." Without scarce original dust jacket. Quinby 21. Linder, 429. Ink owner gift inscription.

A few minor finger smudges to interior, only slight rubbing and soiling to boards. A handsome, near-fine copy.

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