London: Frederick Warne, 1912. 12mo. 94pp. First edition. First or second printing (they were identical), with date on title-page. Contains fifteen color plates and numerous black & white vignettes. The story follows the villains of previous Peter Rabbit books, Mr. Tod the fox and Tommy Brock the badger. By this time, Beatrix Potter was finding it difficult to continue producing short stories with so many color illustrations, so The Tale of Mr. Tod represents a departure from the previous Peter Rabbit books. There are fewer color plates and a corresponding increase in small black & white illustrations. Rather than beginning a completely new series, this and subsequent books were advertised as "The Peter Rabbit Books, Series II, New Style" and bound a bit more elaborately, with stamped decorations and an inset color plate to the front cover. Gift inscription to recto of frontispiece, some very light foxing to textblock fore-edge and first few leaves, minor bump to lower corners, spine sunned, else a fine copy in publisher's gray paper-covered boards. Housed in custom half morocco drop-back case. Item #26699
(Linder, pp. 210-12, 429).