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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: 104004

Price: £750

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First edition. The first two printings are believed to be identical. 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.

Sextodecimo. Original green boards, spine and front board lettered in white, pictorial label with illustration to front cover, pictorial endpapers. 27 colour plates. Spine rolled, spine ends a little torn, tips very slightly worn, some faint marks to contents. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: Linder p. 429; Quinby 20.

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