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POTTER, Beatrix.

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

Published: London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1911

Stock code: 109478

Price: £2,500

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First edition. Intended to please her American readers, the main animal characters in the book are indigenous to North America: grey squirrels, chipmunks, and a “large bear”. The inclusion of yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella, the birds which sing “Little bita bread and-nocheese!”) was a mistake, as their range includes Europe and much of Asia but not America. The first two impressions are indistinguishable.

Sextodecimo. Original brown boards, titles to spine and front board white, pictorial label to front cover, pictorial endpapers. With the printed glassine jacket. Housed in a custom brown quarter morocco and cloth solander box. Frontispiece and 26 colour illustrations by the author. Boards a little bowed, short closed tear to foot of p. 51; an excellent copy in the jacket with some shallow chips to extremities.

Bibliography: Linder p. 429; not in Quinby.

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