Wilfred Rabbit and Augustus Fox [with] the original artwork.
London: Harrap, 1946. Slim 4to, pp. printed in color with illustrations on every page and 7 full-page illustrations within the pagination. Original color-printed boards, blue cloth backstrip, a little darkened around the edges. The original artwork, present in two versions (see below). First edition of the book accompanied by a set of all the original watercolors for the book with the text written out calligraphically, and a second set of some 22 watercolors with the text in printed format (as in the final version) -- this latter probably being an early maquette or mock-up for the final version. The first set is likely to be the way Thornhill originally envisioned the book being printed but for whatever reason (perhaps cost) the publisher decided to set the text in type-- hence the mock-up and second set of watercolors. Other books by Thornhill include Puffer, Muffer and Pip-Pip (1943), Wilmot Lamb and his Friends (1946), Bosky Goldfish (1948), The Blue Elephant (1948), and The Winkle Society (1952). Oddly absent from institutions -- only four copies listed on OCLC, none in the US.
(Item Id: 8859)