Peter Rabbit and Sammy Squirrel, 1918 edition, illustrated by Virginia Albert.

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Writer unknown. Illustrated by Virginia Albert. Published 1918. Saalfield Publishing Company. Chicago, Akron, New York.

A Peter Rabbit story not written or illustrated by Beatrix Potter? Yes, during the early decades of the 20th century, Ms Potter was hacked. Apparently, her publisher, Frederick Warne & Co, failed to secure U.S. copyright protections when they brought her work to the U.S. Publishers, notably Saalfield, and writers like Thornton Burgess, creator of a whole series of Peter Rabbit books, and the Peter Cottontale spin-off, seized on the opportunity to capitalize on Ms Potter's immense popularity in Great Britain.

In this quirky little volume, Peter and his buddy, Sammy Squirrel, pack a picnic and head into the forest, happy-go-lucky until they encounter their friend Ben Beaver and his family. Peter regrets letting one of the beavers talk him into hopping on his back for a ride in the stream, for when a crab nips the beaver's foot, the beaver tips Peter into the water. Peter dries off and he Sammy make it home, no thanks to the Ben Beavers.
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Condition*: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Green cloth cover boards with red, blue, and brown graphics: Moderate shelf wear; light bumping at corners and head and tail of the spine. Inside: Pencil inscription with initials in ink on front pastedown; small brown spot-on half-title page; small closed tear bottom left of pg 3. Pages are otherwise clean, complete, and undamaged.

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