London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., (1906). Original grey-green concertina-wallet style booklet with cover pictorial onlay.
First Edition, first printing, of Beatrix Potter's ninth tale, one with a fair amount of violence (as the "fierce bad rabbit" winds up losing his tail and whiskers). This is one of only two titles that first appeared in this concertina-wallet format (the other, THE STORY OF MISS MOPPET, likewise came out in 1906; actually there was to have been a third, THE SLY OLD CAT, but it was never published as such, because the booksellers objected to this fragile format). A FIERCE BAD RABBIT was ultimately published in small-book format in 1916 (and thereafter).
There were two printings in this wallet format, one in November and one in December, the only difference being that the first reads "London and New York" and the second reads "New York and London" in the publisher's emblem on the back of the wallet. This copy is from the earlier printing, and is in very good-plus condition. There is very minor rubbing at the extremities of the wallet, and as usual (though less than is typical) at the silver "buckle." A couple of the concertina-style leaves are creased, and there is the usual minor chafing at the folds, but this is quite acceptable condition -- especially when one considers that it was meant to be handled by young children. Quinby 12; Linder pp. 183-184 & 426. Item #15048