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Beatrix Potter

Rare books by Beatrix Potter, including first editions, signed first editions and finely bound copies.

As a child, Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) was fascinated by nature, using her considerable artistic talent to paint animal and plants. In 1893 she sent a sequence of illustrated letters about a naughty rabbit to the children of her former governess, and their delight led her to submit the story for publication. Although it was turned down, she had 250 copies published privately in December 1901 for distribution to friends.

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    First edition of the first book illustrated by Beatrix Potter. Extremely scarce, with just five copies traced institutionally, it features six of her illustrations accompanying a set of six poems by Frederic E. Weatherly (best known as the author of the lyrics for "Danny Boy"). Early in 1890, Beatrix, then 24, and her brother,... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 109202

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  2. Changing Pictures: A Book of Transformation Pictures.
    First edition, the preferred variant with Potter's signature to the cover illustration. This is one of the earliest appearances in print of a book illustration by Beatrix Potter, preceded only by A Happy Pair: she designed one of the three chromolithograph illustrations to the front cover, depicting a rabbit opening the... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 109213

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  3. Changing Pictures: A Book of Transformation Pictures.
    First edition. This issue without Potter's signature to the cover illustration. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 109210

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  4. Comical Customers.

    Comical Customers.

    London & New York: [1896]

    First edition. With nine line drawings by Potter (signed HBP), featuring her frog illustrations accompanying the verse "A Frog he would a fishing go" by Clifton Bingham. The book also contains a separate full page illustration of "Squintina Tabby" to accompany "The Story of Violante and the Silver Sixpence", after a pen... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 109216

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  5. Nister's Holiday Annual 1896.
    First edition. With nine line drawings by Potter (signed HBP), featuring her frog illustrations accompanying the verse "A Frog he would a fishing go" by Clifton Bingham. Potter's frog illustrations appeared in two collections by Nister this year: Comical Customers and the Holiday Annual. The idea originated with a picture... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109220

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    Complete set of the first deluxe editions of the Peter Rabbit series. Priced at 1/6- rather than 1/- for the paper-covered books, the deluxe editions went through three iterations before a consistent style was settled upon. The first deluxe binding of Peter Rabbit was issued in two colours, yellow and green. Potter felt... Learn More
    £67,500

    Stock Code: 111069

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  7. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies privately printed for the author a year before Warne's trade edition, issued in the same month and in a similar format to the second privately-printed Peter Rabbit. The text of this edition is considerably longer than that of the first trade and the cover incorporates a... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 109246

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  8. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue, in an unrecorded morocco binding, apparently a publisher's binding, although not lettered as such. Bound in before the frontispiece is the extra illustration intended for the front cover label of regular copies. With the first impression points: the single endpaper occurring... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 109235

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  9. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    First trade edition, first impression, with a single-page pictorial endpaper occurring four times, which was replaced with doublepage endpapers in later impressions. Eleven of the illustrations are repeated from the privately-printed edition and 16 are entirely new for this edition. This trade edition was published in October... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 109247

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  10. 118305
    First edition, first issue, deluxe issue in art fabric. With 1903 to the title page and the single page endpapers occurring four times, and the variant frontispiece: the illustration used for the pictorial label on the front cover of the trade edition. Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 118305

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  11. 118306
    First trade edition, first impression, with a single-page pictorial endpaper occurring four times, which was replaced with double-page endpapers in later impressions. Eleven of the illustrations are repeated from the privately printed edition and 16 are entirely new for this edition. This trade edition was published in October... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 118306

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    First edition, first impression, second deluxe binding. This deluxe binding was introduced in October 1904, replacing the first deluxe binding of art fabric, which was complex to construct; this copy has first edition sheets with the new endpaper design introduced in 1904. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 109240

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  13. 117111
    First edition, first impression, with "muffatees" ("muffetees" in the second impression onward) and "we" in Roman type (italics in the second impression onward) on page 15. The regular trade binding of the first impression was either grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 117111

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  14. 120665
    First edition, first impression, with "muffatees" ("muffetees" in the second impression onward) and "we" in Roman type (italics in the second impression onward) on page 15. It was issued in grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 120665

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  15. 122680
    First edition, first impression, with "muffatees" ("muffetees" in the second impression onward) and "we" in Roman type (italics in the second impression onward) on page 15. The regular trade binding of the first impression was either grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 122680

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  16. 123472
    First edition, first impression, with the following issue points: "muffatees" (as opposed to "muffetees" in second issue onward), "we" in Roman type (as opposed to italics in second issue onward) on page 15. The first impression was issued in grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 123472

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  17. The Pie and the Patty-Pan
    First edition, first impression, with lilac endpapers. Learn More

    Regular Price: £750

    Special Price £503

    Stock Code: 72280

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  18. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
    First edition, deluxe issue. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 109402

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  19. 116293
    First edition, first impression. This was the last book Norman Warne worked on with Potter, and his proposal of marriage was sent during its creation. Potter completed the project alone; it was published two months after Warne’s untimely death. It was the first of Potter’s works to be published in a larger format. The... Learn More
    £800

    Stock Code: 116293

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  20. The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit.
    First edition, first issue, with "London & New York" on the rear cover, in a variant binding not noted by Quinby. At the start of 1906, Potter planned three books in a panoramic form, with 14 pictures and 14 pages of text: The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, The Story of Miss Moppet, and The Sly Old Cat, but only the first... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 109264

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  21. The Tale of Jeremy Fisher.
    First edition, deluxe issue. The first two impressions are indistinguishable. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 109417

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  22. 120896
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 120896

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  23. 121927
    First edition, first impression. Linder notes that the first three printings all from 1907 are believed to be identical. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 121927

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  24. The Tale of Tom Kitten.
    First edition, deluxe issue. One of the scarcest deluxe editions, with just one copy of this first issue appearing at auction since 1975. Later issues have later endpapers. Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 109481

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  25. The Roly-Poly Pudding.
    First edition, first impression, with 1908 and the words "[All rights reserved]" at the foot of the title page. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 113277

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  26. The Roly-Poly Pudding.
    First edition, second impression, with 1908 on the title page, but the words "[All rights reserved]" omitted from the foot of the title page. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 109223

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  27. 114875
    First edition. The first two impressions are indistinguishable. The notice-board that appears in the image on p. 14 reads "Peter Rabbit & Mother Florists Gardens neatly razed. Borders devastated by the night or year"; this was replaced from the third impression onwards to avoid difficulty for foreign translators. Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 114875

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  28. 118304
    First edition, deluxe issue. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 118304

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  29. 109207

    Ginger and Pickles.

    London & New York: 1909

    First edition, with the printed glassine jacket. The third of Potter's books to be printed in large format, Ginger and Pickles was worked up from an original manuscript given to Louie Warne, Harold Warne's daughter, as a Christmas gift in 1908. The story was based on the village shop in Sawrey, owned by John Taylor when... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 109207

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  30. 120898
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 120898

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  31. 109452
    Deluxe edition, a later impression from the new blocks made in 1907, with the two altered drawings: the image of Peter and Mr McGregor on p. 68 is drawn to a larger scale, and the picture of Mrs Rabbit pouring camomile tea on p. 81 was redrawn with more detail. This copy has the 1910 endpaper design and the reading "shed... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109452

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  32. 119848
    First edition, in the scarce jacket. The first two printings are believed to be identical. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 119848

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  33. 121240
    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 121240

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  34. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition, first printing. An excellent copy in the very rare publisher's glassine dust jacket. The story of Timmy and Goody Tiptoes is the only Beatrix Potter story apparently set in North America - although this is implicit rather than stated anywhere in the book. All the main animal characters are indigenous to North... Learn More

    Regular Price: £2,750

    Special Price £2,063

    Stock Code: 81899

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  35. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition. The first two printings are believed to be identical. The story of Timmy and Goody Tiptoes is the only Beatrix Potter story apparently set in North America - although this is implicit rather than stated anywhere in the book. All the main animal characters are indigenous to North America: grey squirrels, chipmunks... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 104004

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  36. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition. The first two printings are believed to be identical. The story of Timmy and Goody Tiptoes is the only Beatrix Potter story apparently set in North America - although this is implicit rather than stated anywhere in the book. All the main animal characters are indigenous to North America: grey squirrels, chipmunks... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 105539

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  37. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition. Intended to please her American readers, the main animal characters in the book are indigenous to North America: grey squirrels, chipmunks, and a "large bear". The inclusion of yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella, the birds which sing "Little bita bread and-nocheese!") was a mistake, as their range includes... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109478

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  38. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition, deluxe issue. From the library of Winifred Warne, the niece of Norman Warne. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 109479

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  39. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition, deluxe issue, in red cloth. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 109492

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  40. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition, deluxe issue. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 109494

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  41. 118503

    The Tale of Mr. Tod.

    London and New York: 1912

    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 118503

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  42. The Tale of Pigling Bland.
    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 111492

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  43. The Tale of Pigling Bland.
    First edition (the first two printings are identical). Extremely scarce in the jacket with just 3 copies appearing at auction since 1975. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 100374

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  44. The Tale of Pigling Bland.
    First edition. This was the last book written before Potter's marriage to William Heelis. With her marriage and the outbreak of the First World War, Beatrix's focus increasingly turned from the Peter Rabbit series to farming. Her failing eyesight and farming duties made more onerous by the onset of war meant that she would... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 109446

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  45. Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes.
    First edition, first impression. One of the last letters Potter wrote to Norman Warne was about this book, but the project was laid aside with his death. Fruing Warne was pressing Potter for another book, and this compilation, rather than an original work, was agreed upon. The frontispiece was initially prepared for Hildesheimer... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 109206

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  46. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    First edition, first impression with the ‘N' dropped from London on the title page. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 98342

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  47. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    First edition, first impression with the ‘N' dropped from London on the title page. Learn More

    Regular Price: £895

    Special Price £600

    Stock Code: 74082

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  48. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 109275

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  49. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. With the exceptionally scarce promotional wraparound band. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 109276

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    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 115969

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  51. Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 105669

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  52. Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes.
    First edition, first impression. This compilation of rhymes was a sequel of sorts to Appley Dapply, and was the last book of the series issued in the small format. Beatrix Potter used earlier paintings of her neighbour's guinea pigs which were recopied for this book. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 109201

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  53. 122513comp
    Inscribed by the author on the half title in the last year of her life: "Beatrix Potter, Feb 6. 43". A finely bound copy of Potter's classic, first published in 1908 under the title of The Roly Poly Pudding and republished in 1926 under the present title. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 122513

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  54. The Fairy Caravan.
    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 100 copies signed by the author. The bibliographic story of this book is strangely charming and endearingly amateurish. Potter considered this story of a miniature animal-run travelling circus as "too personal [and] autobiographical" for her comfortably to allow publication in England.... Learn More
    £12,000

    Stock Code: 105980

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  55. The Fairy Caravan.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 109167

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  56. The Fairy Caravan.
    First edition, UK issue, number 26 of 100 copies only. Presentation copy, inscribed by Potter on the front free endpaper, "To Mr & Mrs Wright of Graythwaite - in affectionate remembrance - from Beatrix Heelis. June. 10th 1930." A touching presentation copy, together with an autograph letter from Potter to the Wrights laid-in,... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 109175

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  57. The Fairy Caravan.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 11 of 100 copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £12,000

    Stock Code: 109178

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  58. The Fairy Caravan.
    First edition, UK issue. This was the last of her major works. Potter had now finished the Peter Rabbit series, and wrote purely for her own amusement. She was persuaded to write again for the public by the Philadelphia publisher, McKay. Potter considered this story of a miniature animal-run travelling circus as "too personal... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 109184

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  59. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson.
    First US edition, first printing. McKay were prepared to publish more black and white illustrations than Warne, resulting in an additional 12 drawings appearing in the US edition, as well as 13 head and tails for the chapters. The colour plates were the same for both editions. The two editions were likely published simultaneously,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 110586

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  60. 122007
    First UK edition, first impression. Though this was the last of the Peter Rabbit books, it is one of Potter's earliest stories, written in 1883 at Ilfracombe. She revisited the story after the publication of The Fairy Caravan, in response to her American publishers requesting another story. She appeased Warne, who were chagrined... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 122007

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