Akron: The Saalfield Publishing Company, 1940. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated paper-covered boards, illustrated endpapers.
"The rabbit with the ragged ear lived in a tangle of wild raspberry briers. There he sat safe from dogs and foxes and other enemies during the winter days. At night, he ran down his secret rabbit-roads to find food, to exercise his legs, or sometimes just to play." First edition children's book describing the lives of furry forest friends, with text by Marceline Dauzet accompanied by prolific children's book illustrator Fern Bisel Peat's distinctive drawings in full color. Born in 1893, Peat was an unsung hero like numerous women artists of the time who worked in commercial and educational art. Predominantly known for her pastel paintings, Peat illustrated over 60 children's books for Samuel Lowe and Saalfield Publishing Company and was the editor and chief illustrator of Children's Play Mate magazine, producing every cover from 1935 to 1955. Lacking scarce original dust jacket. Textblock slightly shaken in binding, lightest rubbing to corners of boards. Near fine. Item #2284