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[POTTER, Beatrix.] HEELIS, Beatrix.

The Fairy Caravan.

Published: [Ambleside: for the Author,] 1929

Stock code: 109184

Price: £7,500

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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 – too autobiographical” for her to publish in England. Though intended only for publication in America, due to reciprocal arrangements between the US and England, publication in one nation implied a consequent relinquishment of rights in the other. Therefore a limited edition was produced in the UK to establish copyright. One hundred unbound US sheets were sent to Ambleside: the first 18 pages were reset to give the English title and copyright pages, and then hand-bound with the rest. The first UK trade edition did not appear until 1952.

Large octavo. Original grey green boards with dark green cloth spine, titles to front board in black, all edges untrimmed. Housed in a green quarter morocco and cloth solander box. 6 colour and numerous monochrome illustrations in the text by the author. A little wear to tips, faint mark to head of margin throughout text block but not affecting text, glue dried between pp. 112-113. A lovely copy.

Bibliography: Linder p. 431; Quinby 29.

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