Rupert the Bear book Margot the Midget and the Little Bear’s Christmas by Mary Tourtel is for sale. Margot the Midget is a rare Rupert the Bear children’s illustrated book. This is the Margot the Midget and the Little Bear’s Christmas first edition book published by Thomas Nelson in London in 1922. Margot the Midget is one of the earliest appearances of Mary Tourtel‘s Rupert the Bear in book form from 1922, and it is interesting to note that the title of the book omits the name of Rupert and is simply referred to as the “Little Bear”.
Margot the Midget front board has a main illustration of Margot taking a walk with the Friendly Dog with other animals, which is in a border and with the printed signature of Mary Tourtel to the bottom right corner. Additionally, there is an illustration to the top left corner of the front board of a very early Rupert the Bear, a squirrel to the top right corner, and two ducks to the bottom left corner.
The original binding is in Very Good and attractive condition with knocks to the top of the spine and very minor edge wear. The front board has minor surface wear to the “our” in Tourtel. This is an extremely attractive binding for this very early Rupert book.
Margot the Midget has 68 numbered pages. The front pastedown bears an inscription. The front free endpaper is inscribed in pencil and is dated “Xmas 1922”. Though the Margot the Midget endpapers are browned the remaining pages are very clean. The illustrated Title Page bears a similar illustration to the front board of Margot and the Friendly Dog walking together. The pages are in overall Very Good to Near Fine condition.