(NICHOLSON, WILLIAM)illus. THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams [Bianco]. NY & London: George H. Doran & Heinemann 1922. 4to, (7 1/2 x 9 1/2") 19p., pictorial boards. Except for a very slight bit of rubbing to head of spine, this is in super Fine condition in bright and clean pictorial dust wrapper (dw has 1" piece off bottom of backstrip and some mild fraying at folds, 2 1/4" closed tears on back panel), housed in a custom full leather clamshell box. First U.S. edition of one of the most enduring children's books ever written. Illustrated by Nicholson with color pictorial endpapers plus 7 richly colored full page lithographs (several are double-page spreads). This is a remarkable copy of "one of the first modern picture books, a perfect combination of story and pictures" (Illus. of Child. Books p. 234). See Bader p.25. Rare.