1929. Item #88928
POTTER, Beatrix. THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT. London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., N.d. [1904-1906]. 86 pages; frontispiece and 26 illustrations, all in color. And: POTTER, Beatrix. THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY. London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co., 1904. 86 pages; frontispiece and 26 illustrations, all in color; vignette on title page in black and white. Both titles have been bound together in one 12mo. (13.5 x 10 cm) volume by Harrison, of Pall Mall, in three-quarter green calf with green marbled sides and matching endpapers, and with two sets of Potter's endpapers (Quinby plate II) bound in: a ffep. preceding THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT, a complete set between the two tales, and a rear fep. following THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY. On the front fly leaf Beatrix Potter has written: "This is an early edition of Peter Rabbit and I believe it a first edition of Benjamin Bunny - Beatrix Potter Nov. 1929." Her assessment is correct; the two titles correspond to Quinby nos. 2D & 6. The binding shows some superficial edgewear, and two leaves in PETER RABBIT (pp. 9-10 and 75-76) have a closed tear in margins measuring 3 cm and 1.5 cm respectively, else clean and very good - with a helpful authorial inscription.