Peter Rabbit and Little White Rabbit

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Author: Almond, Linda Stevens (1881-1987)

Year: 1923

Publisher: Henry Altemus Co

Place: Philadephia

Description:

63+[4 ads] pages with 25 color illustrations including frontispiece. Duodecimo (5 3/4" x 4 1/4") issued in original purple with red cloth spine and black lettering, color pictorial to front cover. Illustrations by J L G. Early reprint.

In 1904 Altemus published the first six books of a series of fairy tale books that would prove to be an extremely popular and a very long running series. "An entirely new series of books for children, especially adapted for Christmas or birthday gifts" Altemus Catalogue 1904-1905. These books had three different formats. The first is the scarest while the third is more common. As time went on, Altemus discontinued most of its other fairy tale books to concentrate on this group of books. New books were added year and spin-off series combined into one large umbrella listing. (Later, after Henry Altemus went out of business, Platt and Munk reprinted many of the books.) This work is from the format III series. The earliest format III books (1918-21) had blank endpapers. In about 1922-1923 the endpapers appeared green illustrating a group of fairy tale creatures dancing around a circle. Between 1923 and 1926 the endpapers were blue. In about 1926 the color changed to grayish. In 1931-2 the endpapers became brightly multicolored. This continued until 1933. The end papers in this edition are green.

Linda Stevens Almond, who wrote a series of "Peter Rabbit" children's books based on the characters created by Beatrix Potter, died at the age of 106. She took over the adventures of the trouble-prone bunny on a commission from the publisher when Potter stopped producing the tales in 1921.

Condition:

Internal fingering, corners bumped, shaken, spine and cover faded a good copy lacking jacket.

SOLD 2013

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