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Two different paste-ons have been seen on these early books.The usual one which shows mother rabbit speaking to Peter and the exceptionally rare variant which shows mother rabbit talking to Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail.In 1917 a third format of the second edition was published. In 1917, the third format of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Peter Rabbit was introduced.This blue book dropped the blank pages and the illustrations are different from preceding volumes. This book has the familiar appliqu (paste-on) cover. Publisher's original buff yellow paper covers, colour onlay to upper panel, green lettering to spine and upper panel. Contents shaken, near VG condition, no dust wrapper. Altemus published Peter Rabbit in three different formats. Originally it was sold boxed with the Foolish Fox book. By the end of 1904, Altemus had begun publishing the second format of the Wee Books for Wee Folks Series.
Hard back cream paper covered boards with oblong pictorial onlay to front panel, dark green lettering, colour illustrated end papers. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection.
It is common knowledge that Warne failed to secure the American copyright for Peter Rabbit in a timely manner.
Because of this, in 1904 the Henry Altemus Company was able to publish the first American (pirated) edition.
NOTE: Even the Tale of Peter Rabbit books published after 1917 with the appliqu cover had 1904 on the base of the title page.
Dating the third format books (books with the appliqu cover) can be done easily.
Massive confusion exists however as to which Altemus edition is the true American first edition.