First edition with these illustrations, first printing. Publisher's original light blue cloth with titles and illustration in gilt, blue and green to the upper board and spine. Quarto. 185pp. Colour frontispiece and 11 further colour plates mounted on card, black and white illustrations throughout the text by Mabel Lucie Attwell. A lovely near fine copy, the binding square and bright with some softening at the spine tips and mild rubbing at the extremities. The contents are entirely complete and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. There is a short tear without loss to the bottom edge of page with the list of colour illustrations (likely a production fault) otherwise the pages are crisp and clean throughout. All of the plates are present as called for and in fine condition without creasing or tears. Complete with the very good rubbed, nicked and toned dustwrapper which has a couple of small chips at the spine folds.
Scarce in the first edition, exceptionally so with the original dustwrapper. This beautifully illustrated edition went through many reprints throughout the 1920's, 30's and 40's and was re-issued in facsimile in 1979 for the centennial of the artist's birth. Several of the illustrations were also used for May Byron's abridgement of the text for younger children.
Stock code: 18620