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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT Or How Toys Become Real. With Illustrations by William Nicholson. 1922. With Illustrations by William Nicholson.
London. Heinemann. 1922.
, 19,  pages. With seven coloured illustrations, of which four are full-page and three are double-page. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. Original pictorial dust-wrapper. Quarto. First edition. First issue. Some light wear and staining to the very heel of the spine; some very light spotting here & there; wrappers split in half along spine and with some loss and chipping and rubbing; else a very good copy of this extremely scarce and important illustrated book for children. Inscribed on front free end paper: 'Nino Wardrop with love & best wishes from Edith Ridgeway December 25th 1922.' Extremely scarce first edition of this classic children's work (the only printing from lithographic stones), seldom seen with the dust-jacket. With contemporary inscription on the front free endpaper verso to Nino Wardrop, daughter of Sir John Oliver Wardrop, British diplomat, traveller and translator, who published his famous work 'The Kingdom of Georgia' in 1888.