London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1905. Original green paper-covered boards with cover pictorial onlay.
First Edition, first or second printing (indistinguishable), of this much-loved tale of the hedgehog washerwoman. "Although THE TALE OF MRS. TIGGY-WINKLE was the sixth of Beatrix Potter's books to be published, the story had actually been carefully planned as far back as 1901, although it was not actually written down until the following year" [Linder].~There are known to have been two printings in (and dated) 1905, but there are no known differences between the two; the third printing was not until 1906 (so dated). This copy is in green paper-covered boards (some are in brown, and some are in decorated cloth -- no priority). It is in near-fine condition (slight fading of the spine as usual with this shade of green, a hint of wear at the corners of the spine); atypically, the pictorial endpapers are clean and entirely intact. A curiously scarce title. Linder p. 425; Quinby 8. Item #13895