First edition in book form, number 23 from a limited edition of only 100 copies. Beatrix Potter wrote this Christmas story in 1909 as “The Little Black Kettle” and put it aside. She picked up the story again in 1929 and rewrote it as part of Fairy Caravan but it was eventually removed and never published in that form. In 1940, the editor Bertha Mahony Miller asked for a story to print in The Horn Book Magazine and Potter set to re-writing the story yet again. Mrs Miller was so pleased with the story she decided to hold it for their 20th anniversary number where it was first published in May 1944. Potter never saw the story in print as she passed away the previous December. A very nice copy of this very scarce (especially so with the jacket) Beatrix Potter gem.
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Small quarto. Original green cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Tiny nicks to corners and very minor spotting to endpapers, still a superb copy in excellent condition, in the dust jacket with light spotting and tiny chips to corners.