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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by  William:  Margery; illustrated by NICHOLSON - First edition, first printing, American issue - from Lucius Books (SKU: 20410)


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by WILLIAMS, Margery; illustrated by NICHOLSON, William:

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London: William Heinemann; New York: George H. Doran Company. 1922. First edition, first printing, American issue. First edition, first printing, American issue. Publisher's original pictorial paper-covered boards in dustwrapper. Illustrated with four full page and three double page richly coloured lithographs by William Nicholson. A superb, very near fine copy, the binding square and firm, without paper loss and with a little bumping at the lower edge. The contents are spotlessly clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the near fine, very lightly rubbed and dusty dustwrapper that has a couple of tiny nicks at the folds without loss. Both the book and the dustwrapper are entirely without repair or restoration. Housed in a bespoke quarter morocco solander case. This copy is the earliest state of the American issue, the printed paper covered boards a slightly different shade and a few millimetres taller than the UK issue. Correctly dated 1922 and with the addition of George H. Doran to the title page, "Printed in Great Britain" to the reverse. Identical dustwrappers (printed in three colours with William Heinemann logo at the base of the spine) were used in both the UK and US issues, as here. A beautiful example of a children's classic that has been reprinted many times, but never to the quality of this first edition. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.


The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real, is the story of a toy rabbit who wants to become real through the love of his owner. The stuffed rabbit is overlooked by the boy whom he is given, the boy preferring to play with more mechanical and sophisticated toys than the simple stuffed rabbit. The rabbit holds onto a story told to him by the oldest and wisest toy in the nursery, the skin horse, about how toys can become real through love. Eventually, the boy becomes attached to the soft doll, but after developing scarlet fever the doctor orders the boy sent away to recover and all his toys and belonging burnt. The rabbit is so sad over his separation from the boy he begins to cry and sheds a real tear - after which the nursery fairy appears to turn him into a real rabbit. It has been adapted many times into television, film and onto the stage. The National Education Association listed it among the top 100 books for teachers of children in 2007. Author Margery Williams’ first children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit was published in 1922 by George H. Doran Company in London and has remained in print continuously since, owing to its popularity as a story of the power of enduring love. -

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WILLIAMS, Margery; illustrated by NICHOLSON, William:
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First edition, first printing, American issue
London: William Heinemann; New York: George H. Doran Company. 1922

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