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A Return To Form
THE STORY OF MISS MOPPET
By Beatrix Potter
First edition in book form, featuring the adorably alert Miss Moppet chasing after a mouse, an exceptional copy.
THE STORY OF MISS MOPPET
"He is not afraid of a kitten."
MISS MOPPET has a simple story line of cat and mouse that puts a modern reader immediately in mind of the later Tom and Jerry cartoons. It was first printed in "wallet" form in 1906, with an expanding panorama of pictures, an unusual format that seemed a fun idea at first. However, booksellers hated it: according to Potter herself, "The shops sensibly refused to stock them because they got unrolled and [were] so bad to fold up again" (quoted in Linder). Potter initially conceived of three titles in the folding wallet format – FIERCE BAD RABBIT, MISS MOPPET, and THE SLY OLD CAT – but the last title was never published, and the former two were issued in later printings as traditional books (as here, the 3rd edition overall of the title). The return to the small size of the earlier Beatrix Potter books, suited to a child's hand, brings this title into the standard look of the series.
Read more: Quinby, Beatrix Potter: A Bibliographical Check List, 11A; Linder, A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter, 183, 426.
London: Frederick Warne and Co., . 4.75'' x 4''. Original grey paper boards lettered in green with circular central paste-on to front board. Color pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Potter with 15 color plates including frontispiece. 45,  pages printed one side only. Only very faint sunning to spine and small abrasion to front endpapers: strong hinges, no shelfwear, clean text.
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