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The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
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POTTER, Beatrix.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Published: [London: privately printed], February 1902

Stock code: 63311

Price: £17,500

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First (privately printed) edition, second printing. One of 200 copies printed. The first printing was issued in December 1901 in a edition of 250 copies. The tale of Peter Rabbit was developed from a picture letter sent to Noel Moore on 4 September 1893. A few years later, Beatrix Potter thought it might make a small book. She contacted Moore to see if he had kept the letter and if she might borrow it back; the letter was then expanded into the book. Only when the manuscript had been turned down by several publishers and looked as if it might never be published did Potter turn to this private printing.

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Sextodecimo. Original olive green boards pictorially stamped and titled in black to front cover. Spine rounded (not flat). Housed in a green half morocco solander box. Colour frontispiece and 41 full-page black and white illustrations. Spine and edges a little rubbed, light foxing to first couple of leaves, bookplate of Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th marquess of Bath. An excellent copy of this extremely rare edition.

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