London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1903. Original maroon paper-covered boards with cover pictorial onlay.
First Trade Edition, first printing, of Beatrix Potter's second book. PETER RABBIT first came out in two private printings in 1901, followed by its trade edition in 1902; a privately-printed edition of THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER came out in 1902; next came the first (trade) edition of SQUIRREL NUTKIN in August 1903, followed by this trade edition of THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER in October.~This title had two printings dated 1903: the first (including this copy) has identical facing endpapers, whereas the second has mirror-image facing endpapers. The trade edition was bound in either maroon or dark green paper-covered boards with front cover illustration, or in a floral-patterned fabric without (no priority). This is a very attractive, close-to-fine copy (maroon spine very slightly faded as usual, very minor soil at a corner of the rear cover); atypically, the original endpapers are intact. Linder p. 423; Quinby 4. Item #13894