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(POTTER, Beatrix.)

Changing Pictures: A Book of Transformation Pictures.

Published: London: E. Nister, [1893]

Stock code: 109213

Price: £1,500

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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 door on a snowy morning to see a gift of a basket full of carrots and other vegetables. At this point Potter was regularly supplying card designs to Hildesheimer & Faulkner (the publishers of A Happy Pair). She had also sold a few of her drawings to Ernest Nister in 1892 and began producing illustrations for annuals and booklets for them. In July 1892, while staying in Scotland, Potter referred to one of these drawings for Nister in her journal: “‘I was busy in the morning finishing a drawing of a Jackdaw for Nister & Co. for which, by the way, they have not paid.’ The jackdaw in question was carrying a set of long-handled brushes and impersonating a sweep” (Linder, p. 175).

Quarto. Original red cloth-backed pictorial boards, title to front cover yellow, patterned endpapers. No dust jacket issued. With 6 working chromolothographic push-pull tabs. Tips and extremities a little worn, hinges repaired, endpapers partly split at inner margins, some short closed tears to fore-edge of text block.

Bibliography: Taylor, pp. 17, 57–8; not in Linder or Quinby.

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