“GRATIFYINGLY FULL OF DETAIL AND NAUGHTY DOINGS”
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Tom Kitten. London and New York: Frederick Warne, 1907. 12mo, original green-brown paper boards, mounted cover illustration, pictorial endpapers. $2200.
First edition of Potter’s story of a kittens who loses much more than his mittens, with color frontispiece and 26 color illustrations.
"It was the garden at Hill Top [her farm in Sawrey] which Beatrix Potter used as the setting for The Tale of Tom Kitten, and the pictures in the book give us delightful glimpses of this garden… When Potter received her copy of the finished book, she told Mr. Warne, 'I am much pleased… Some of the pictures are very bad, but the book as a whole is passable, and the ducks help it out" (Linder, 185, 187). "Gratifyingly full of detail and naughty doings" (Taylor et al., 133). "The year 1907 appears on the front of the title page of the first three printings, which are believed to be identical" (Linder, 427). Without scarce original glassine dust jacket. Quinby 13.
Just a few instances of faint soiling to text, frontispiece with wear to margins, silked on the rear; binding in unusually nice condition. A near-fine copy.