"THE NEST IS SO SNUG, WE SHALL BE SOUND ASLEEP ALL WINTER"
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes. London and New York: Frederick Warne, 1911. 16mo, original brown boards, mounted cover illustration, pictorial endpapers, original glassine dust jacket. $5200.
First edition of Potter's gift to her devoted American readers, with color frontispiece and 26 color plates, in extremely rare original printed glassine dust jacket.
A decade after her most famous creation, Peter Rabbit, debuted on the stage of children's literature, Potter had gained "many American friends and admirers, some of whom were children's librarians. It is believed that The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes was written primarily for American children because they would be familiar with both chipmunks and bears. They would also be familiar with grey squirrels like Timmy Tiptoes and his wife Goody, who stored nuts for the winter months and met with various adventures while so doing" (Linder, 208). "The year 1911 appears on the front of the title page of the first two printings, which are believed to be identical" (Linder, 429). With extremely scarce original glassine. Quinby 20. Pencil "+" marks next to each title on rear panel of dust jacket.
Book with just a few faint finger smudges to interior, faint stain to edge of half title, a couple tiny spots of soiling to boards, and small split at base of spine. Dust jacket with light wear and toning to extremities. A near-fine copy, most desirable with very rare glassine dust jacket.