Frederick Warne and Co. London. 1902.
FIRST TRADE EDITION. 16mo. (5.6 x 4.4 inches). First state of the text with "wept big tears" on page 51. Illustrated with colour frontis, line vignette of a bunny on the title page and 30 fine colour plates by the Author throughout. A very good bright and clean copy. Original brown boards with white lettering (with a single dot in the centre of the "o"s in the title on the front board and the spine) and colour picture of Peter mounted to the blind stamped panel of the front board. Leaf patterned endpapers. Neat gift inscription, dated Xmas 1902, on the half title page. One small repaired tear (about a half inch), without any loss, to the lower inner margin of the frontispiece and some very minor thumbing to the bottom of the pages otherwise a lovely copy. Boards just a little rubbed and bumped to the extremities. Overall a superior copy of this famous title. The first edition to feature Potter's colour illustrations. The book is housed in a felt lined clamshell box covered in dark green cloth. The spine lettered in gilt.