First edition, first printing [first state binding]. Publisher's original red cloth with black and white titles and illustration to the boards and spine. Illustrated in black and white throughout by the author. Housed in a modern collector's solander case. A very good or better copy, the binding square and firm and the cloth bright. The contents, with a later previous owner's inscription to the front endpaper and the occasional finger mark to the margins, are otherwise clean throughout and free from the heavy foxing often encountered with the first printing. An attractive example of a classic of children's literature.
This example is in the first / earliest state binding, the spine lettering having flaked off - "The white pigment used on the covers of the first edition flaked off and a new ink was used for subsequent issues" [Stewart 260].
Stock code: 22376