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[POTTER, Beatrix.] HEELIS, Beatrix.

The Fairy Caravan.

Published: Philadelphia: David McKay Co., 1929

Stock code: 105980

Price: £12,000

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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. She arranged for the Philadelphia publishing house of David McKay to produce a nicely proportioned and illustrated edition. However, due to reciprocal arrangements between the US and England, publication in one nation implied a consequent relinquishment of rights in the other. Potter therefore took 100 sets of sheets from the US edition and had the local printer run off 100 copies of an altered first signature (8 pages), together with a further leaf, substituted the one for the other and had this hybrid plainly bound. Potter took the opportunity to replace the printed dedication “To Henry” with several illustrations of her pet dogs. The first UK trade edition did not appear until 1952.

Large octavo. Original green boards, illustration pasted down to front board, gilt titles to spine. With the dust jacket. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. 6 colour and numerous monochrome illustrations in the text by the author. Light bumped to lower end of spine, light occasional spotting to pages, in the dust jacket with light spotting, light wear along extremities, chips to ends of spine, closed tears along spine folds. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Linder p. 431; Quinby 29.

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