1903 Rare Book - Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin - First Edition, third printing.
Author: Beatrix Potter.
Title: The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.
Publisher: London and New York, Frederick Warne and Co., 1903. First edition, third printing with "Author of 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' " to title page. (Quinby 5A).
Size: 6 "X 4.5 ".
Pages: 84 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original boards binding with white titles, picture onlay on front board (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed - as shown). An exceptional copy!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light foxing or staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated with all the beautiful color plates (printed on one side of paper).
Estimate: (USD 500 - USD 700)
The book: Rare and attractive third printing of the first edition of The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in August 1903. The story is about an impertinent red squirrel named Nutkin and his narrow escape from an owl called Old Brown. The book followed Potter's hugely successful The Tale of Peter Rabbit and was an instant hit. The now-familiar endpapers of the Peter Rabbit series were introduced in the book. Squirrel Nutkin had its origins in a story and picture letter Potter sent Norah Moore, the daughter of her former governess, Annie Carter Moore. The background illustrations were modeled on Derwentwater and St. Herbert's Island in the Lake District.
One commentator has likened Squirrel Nutkin's impertinent behavior to that of the rebellious working class of Potter's own day, and another commentator has noted the tale's similarities to pourquoi tales and folk tales in its explanations of Squirrel Nutkin's short tail and characteristics of squirrel behavior.
The author: Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
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