First edition. First printing, of the American issue of the beloved children's classic, the only printing with the dazzling original color lithographs by Nicholson. Fine in a fine, original dust jacket. A remarkable copy of "one of the first modern picture books, a perfect combination of story and pictures." (Mahony). Scarce, in this condition, especially in the unrestored original dust jacket. Original pictorial paper boards. Original pictorial dust jacket. Fine. Color pictorial rabbit endpapers. Illustrated with 4 full-page and 3 double-page color lithographs. , 19,  pages. Octavo. 9.5'' x 7''. A wonderful copy and collectors copy of this beloved classic.
This book captures the wistful attachment to our childhood toys through the story of a stuffed rabbit that hopes the love of its owner can make it real. It is one of the great collaborations in modern children's books, with the lithographs and the text equally invoking bittersweet affection: 'You were Real to the Boy [.] because he loved you.' Later printings did not use lithography to produce Nicholson's drawings, making the first printing especially distinctive in the quality of its lustrous illustrations.