‘The Tale of the Faithful Dove’
The Tale of The Faithful Dove by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). Rare first edition published by Warne, 1955.
Original green cloth, front cover lettered in gilt with a gilt single rule border, spine also lettered in gilt. In original cream-coloured dust jacket with printed dark green lettering.
Background: This is the first edition of a story originally penned by Beatrix Potter in 1907 for the children of her publishers, Frederick Warne & Co, and rediscovered by Fruing Warne in 1918. He had expressed a preference for this title over the author’s own preference; The Tale of Jenny Crow; “Beatrix jibbed at the ‘rather namby pamby’ pigeons, since they left little scope for pictorial variety – ‘it is too much pigeon, over & over’ – and she had never been good at birds.” [Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick].
Unfortunately, Potter could not be convinced to provide illustrations for this work, and Warne at the time weren’t keen on using the alternate illustrator she had recommended. As a result, the work was not published until this un-illustrated posthumous 1955 edition.
Strictly limited to 100 numbered copies, plus a few spares, the edition was never intended for public sale, but instead as gifts for respected clients and associates of the firm. Ultimately, they were given to the Warne family, and it is thought that only a few copies were distributed before the rest were stored away, concealed for decades.
This book, number 14, is in excellent condition having been stored since its publication in 1955. Contents clean and bright. Some bowing. Pages tight. Typical browning to free endpapers and minor dust-soiling to fore-edges and joints. Minimal creasing to dust jacket and page corners. Please note that illustrations 1 and 2 are generic stock images.
Provenance: Owned by the Warne family.
Bibliography: Linder, A history of the Writings of Beatrix Potter; pp.1236-1238 & 1715, and Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick, The Artist and Her World; p.168.
An incredibly rare opportunity to acquire an all but pristine first edition release of an exceptionally limited run by one of the world’s most illustrious authors. PM Antiques & Collectables acquired around 70% of the worldwide release and now dictate the market for this title.