The Tailor of Gloucester.London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1903 Stock Code: 109235
Deluxe issue, in an unrecorded publisher's binding of red moroccoFirst edition, first impression, deluxe issue, in an unrecorded morocco binding, apparently a publisher's binding, although not lettered as such. Bound in before the frontispiece is the extra illustration intended for the front cover label of regular copies. With the first impression points: the single endpaper occurring four times and the title page dated 1903. This binding is unrecorded. The gilt lettering is not uniform with the Peter Rabbit series, but the original decorative endpapers indicate that it is a publisher's binding. The following year, Warne bound up two special copies of Peter Rabbit in green morocco, one of which she presented to the Prince of Wales. That binding is uniform in general appearance to the regular trade editions, and it may be that the present copy represents something of a trial run for extra special bindings.
Sextodecimo. Original red morocco, title front cover gilt, illustrated endpapers, edges gilt. Housed in a custom red cloth chemise and quarter red morocco and cloth slipcase.
Spine faded, spine ends renewed, hinges repaired, outer leaves a little finger-marked; an excellent, bright copy.
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