Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1929. Octavo, original full pictorial aquamarine cloth, front board lettered in gilt and stamped in green with pastedown color pictorial plate, spine lettered in gilt and stamped with seaweed ornament in green. Neat presentation inscription dated 1930 on front free endpaper. Color frontispiece of sea horse; 47 full-page plates of sea creatures (31 in color). Appendix at rear. Lightest foxing to top of text block, no dust jacket.
First edition, first impression, of this introduction to marine biology for children, told from the perspective of a mouse who takes an unexpected seaside vacation. Danny Meadow Mouse learns about the creatures of the sea from new friends like Peep the Least Sandpiper and Big Claw the Lobster: “Curiously enough, he never once thought of home. He didn't even wonder if he would ever get back there. Now that he was out in the Great World, he wanted to see more of it.” Like Beatrix Potter, Thornton Burgess made a name for himself writing children’s stories with a naturalist and conservationist bent. His beloved daily newspaper column, Bedtime Stories, earned him the nickname “The Bedtime Story-Man.” This is the fourth book in the Burgess Books for Children Series, featuring characters from his popular adventure books. A beautiful copy.