POTTER, Beatrix (author and illustrator). The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin. London; Frederick Warne And Co. 1903.
12mo. Original slate grey boards lettered in white with onlaid pictorial roundel to upper cover, pictorial endpapers, protected by original printed glassine dustwrapper; pp. [vii], 8-84 + [ii], including integral blanks; illustrated throughout with coloured plates after watercolours; externally fine, internally near fine with slight speckling to fore-edge of book block, light dusting to endpapers, and a neat contemporary ink inscription to half-title, dated Xmas 1903, protected by the scarce glassine wrapper, priced 1/-, with some toning, small nicking to base of spine, two chips to the same (maximum 10 x 10mm) and a larger triangular area of loss to top edge of upper panel (40 x 30mm maximum).
First edition: the second or third issue with the addition of 'Author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit' after Beatrix Potter's name on the title-page. The printed wrapper lists The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903), and The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) as titles in print and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Two Bad Mice as being in preparation for 1904.