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The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
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POTTER, Beatrix.

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

Published: London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1911

Stock code: 81899

Price: £2,750

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First edition, first printing. An excellent copy in the very rare publisher’s glassine dust jacket. The story of Timmy and Goody Tiptoes is the only Beatrix Potter story apparently set in North America – although this is implicit rather than stated anywhere in the book. All the main animal characters are indigenous to North America: grey squirrels, chipmunks and a “large bear”, but the waters are muddied somewhat by the presence of Yellowhammers (or Emberiza citrinella, the birds which sing “Little bita bread and-no-cheese!”) whose range includes Europe and much of Asia but not America.

12mo. Original dark brown boards, titles to front cover and spine in white, front cover with onlaid paper panel with colored illustration of a squirrel in a red jacket, publisher’s glassine dust jacket, printed in black to the flaps and the rear panel with “1/–” price printed to the base of the spine. Colored frontispiece and 26 full-page illustrations, uncoloured line vignette on title by Beatrix Potter. Book, a near fine copy, dust jacket chipped to corners, loss to 1/5 of spine, tears to edges, small hole to front panel.

Bibliography: Linder p.429; Quinby 20.

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