London: Frederick Warne and Co., n.d. . Original light brown paper-covered boards with pictorial onlay.
First Edition of this tale which Beatrix Potter adapted from Aesop's "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"; she dedicated it "To Aesop in the shadows." One of her later tales, it is one of the few tales for which the first edition title page is undated.
Much has been made of the presence or absence of the "N" in "LONDON" on the title page (this copy does have the "N"). The first printing, which was done in 1918, had some copies with the "N" and some without it; it has been surmised, for example by Linder, that the first copies off the press lacked the "N", meaning that it was added during the print run; however, it is just as possible that the "N" dropped off during the print run. Either way, which copies were the first to be printed has no bearing on which copies were the first to be published (issued to the public).
This is a fine copy (one tiny hint of wear at a corner, but otherwise as nice as one could hope for). Linder p. 430; Quinby 25. Item #12124