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POTTER, Beatrix.

POTTER, Beatrix.

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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  1. Christmas gift of a gilder's set for her friend Gertrude Mary Woodward.
    (POTTER, Beatrix.) Christmas gift of a gilder's set for her friend Gertrude Mary Woodward.

    [c.1896-1911]

    A gilding set presented from Beatrix Potter to her close lifelong friend and fellow artist Gertrude Woodward, inscribed "with best wishes for Christmas & New Year from Beatrix Potter", on the inner paper wrapper. Gertrude Mary Woodward (18541939) was a professional colour-wash illustrator who was commissioned to undertake palaeontological drawings,... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 133403

  2. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

    London : [1902]

    First trade edition, deluxe issue. It is believed to be one of 2,000 copies issued in cloth from the first 8,000; there were two colours for the deluxe issue, yellow and green. Regular copies were issued in printed boards. With the original leaf-pattern endpapers and with "wept big tears" on p. 51 (the text reading "cried big tears" in the privately... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 109449

  3. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, with the title page dated 1903 and without the words "Author of the Tale of Peter Rabbit". The first edition was published in August 1903. The story originated in 1897 with a picture letter to Noel Moore, and was rewritten in 1901 for Norah Moore. It is the first book to feature the introduction of pictorial endpapers,... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 134850

  4. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.

    London : 1903

    First trade edition, deluxe issue binding, third impression with the words "Author of the Tale of Peter Rabbit" on the title page. Only this work and The Tailor of Gloucester were issued in the present patterned cloth, provided by Beatrix Potter's grandfather's calico printing factory in Manchester, at her request. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin was first... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 130131

  5. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.

    London : 1903

    First trade edition, deluxe issue in art fabric, first issue with single-page endpapers. Only this work and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin were issued in the present patterned cloth, provided by Beatrix Potter's grandfather's calico printing factory in Manchester, at her request. The Tailor of Gloucester was first printed privately in 1902, with the author... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 130129

  6. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.

    London and New York : 1903

    First trade edition, deluxe issue binding. Only this work and The Tailor of Gloucester were issued in the present patterned cloth, provided by Beatrix Potter's grandfather's calico printing factory in Manchester, at her request. The art fabric binding, which Potter referred to as "a flowered lavender chintz, very pretty" has vellum labels used for the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 125111

  7. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.

    London : 1903

    First trade edition, deluxe issue in art fabric, first issue with single-page endpapers. Only this work and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin were issued in the present patterned cloth, provided by Beatrix Potter's grandfather's calico printing factory in Manchester, at her request. The art fabric binding, which Potter referred to as "a flowered lavender... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 118305

  8. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.

    London : 1903

    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 1903. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 109247

  9. 109235
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.

    London : 1903

    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 four times and the title page... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 109235

  10. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.

    London : 1904

    First edition, deluxe issue, first impression. As in the trade issue this copy has the following first impression variants on page 15: "muffatees" (as opposed to "muffetees" in second issue onward), "we" in Roman type (as opposed to italics in second issue onward). Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 121248

  11. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.

    London : 1904

    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
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 136892

  12. The Tale of Two Bad Mice.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Two Bad Mice.

    London : 1904

    First edition, deluxe issue, in brown cloth. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 121244

  13. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.

    London : 1904

    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
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 117111

  14. 109282
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Two Bad Mice.

    London : 1904

    First edition, deluxe issue, in red cloth. Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 109282

  15. 121243
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

    London : 1905

    First edition, deluxe issue. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 121243

  16. The Pie and the Patty-Pan.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Pie and the Patty-Pan.

    London and New York : 1905

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue. The deluxe cloth binding was issued at 2s., double the price of the standard binding of paper-covered boards. The Mildred Greenhill-Bradley Martin copy, with their respective bookplates to front pastedown and endpaper. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 130135

  17. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

    London : 1905

    First edition, deluxe issue. The first and second impressions, printed in September and November 1905, are indistinguishable. The deluxe cloth binding was issued at 1s. 6d. rather than 1s. for the standard binding of paper-covered boards; both blue and brown cloth was used without priority. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130132

  18. The Tale of Jeremy Fisher.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Jeremy Fisher.

    London : 1906

    First edition, deluxe issue. The first and second impressions, printed in July and September 1906, are indistinguishable. The deluxe cloth binding was issued at 1s. 6d. rather than 1s. for the standard binding of paper-covered boards. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130133

  19. The Story of Miss Moppet.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Story of Miss Moppet.

    London & New York : 1906

    First edition, first issue, with "London & New York" on rear cover. At the start of 1906, Potter planned three books in a panoramic form, with 14 pictures and 14 pages of text: The Story of Miss Moppet, The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, and The Sly Old Cat, but only the first two were published. Issued for the 1906 Christmas market, the books were too... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 125950

  20. 109264
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit.

    London & New York : 1906

    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 two were published. Issued for... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 109264

  21. 109481
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Tom Kitten.

    London : 1907

    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
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 109481

  22. The Roly-Poly Pudding.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Roly-Poly Pudding.

    London & New York : 1908

    First edition, second issue, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Miss Rigg In remembrance of a pleasant visit to the Ferry May 1912 from Beatrix Potter". Potter and her father took a series of photographs around the Ferry Hotel in Windermere in the previous month. The Ferry was well-known to Potter and her parents, who had stayed there 16... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 139657

  23. The Roly-Poly Pudding.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Roly-Poly Pudding.

    London & New York : 1908

    First edition, second issue without "all rights reserved" on title page. In 1926, Frederick Warne decided to re-issue it in the small format consistent with other books in the same series, and the title was changed to The Tale of Samuel Whiskers. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 126991

  24. The Roly-Poly Pudding.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Roly-Poly Pudding.

    London & New York : 1908

    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
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 109223

  25. 134952
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.

    London : 1909

    First edition, deluxe issue. These deluxe bindings were based on a design by Beatrix Potter and originally sold at 1/6- rather than the standard copies at 1/-. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 134952

  26. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.

    London : 1909

    First edition, deluxe issue, one of two indistinguishable printings in July and October 1909. The deluxe cloth binding was issued at 1s. 6d. rather than 1s. for the standard binding of paper-covered boards. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130134

  27. Ginger and Pickles.
    POTTER, Beatrix. 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 Potter bought Hill Top farm,... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 109207

  28. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.

    London : 1909

    First edition, deluxe issue. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 118304

  29. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression. The first two printings are believed to be identical. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 134853

  30. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.

    London : 1910

    First edition in the scarce jacket, only listing books published prior to 1910 and with the price of 1/- on the spine panel. The first two impressions of this work are indistinguishable. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 130717

  31. 110566
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.

    London : 1910

    First edition, deluxe issue. The first two impressions are indistinguishable. Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 110566

  32. 109442
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.

    London : 1910

    Second deluxe issue, later printing, bound with the 1910 endpaper design. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 109442

  33. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    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 and a "large bear", but... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 105539

  34. 133599
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    First edition. There were two impressions of the first edition in 1911, the first published in October, the second in November. They are textually indistinguishable, although the Christmas inscription perhaps indicates the latter. The impressions were issued in both dark green and brown cloth, without priority. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 133599

  35. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    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 Europe and much of Asia but... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 125104

  36. 109492
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    First edition, deluxe issue, in red cloth. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 109492

  37. 109479
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    First edition, deluxe issue. From the library of Winifred Warne, the niece of Norman Warne. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 109479

  38. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    First edition, rare with the glassine jacket. 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
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 109478

  39. 109477
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    First edition. With the later issue dust jacket advertising Pigling Bland (published in 1913). Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 109477

  40. 125162
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mr. Tod.

    London and New York : 1912

    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 125162

  41. The Tale of Mr. Tod.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mr. Tod.

    London and New York : 1912

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Rose Hedges from Miss Potter. Wishing her a Merry Christmas 1912." Rose Hedges was in service to Beatrix Potter's mother at the time of receiving this book. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 137903

  42. The Tale of Mr. Tod.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mr. Tod.

    London and New York : 1912

    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 132062

  43. 110330
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mr. Tod.

    London & New York : 1912

    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 110330

  44. The Tale of Pigling Bland.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Pigling Bland.

    London : 1913

    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 132044

  45. The Tale of Pigling Bland.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Pigling Bland.

    London : 1913

    First edition (the first two printings are identical). Extremely scarce in the jacket with just three copies appearing at auction since 1975. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 100374

  46. Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes.
    POTTER, Beatrix. Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes.

    London : [1917]

    First edition, first impression, rare in the jacket. 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
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 109206

  47. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint; rare with the glassine jacket. This was the final unified book published in the small Peter Rabbit format. Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 109277

  48. 109276
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. With the exceptionally scarce promotional wraparound band. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 109276

  49. 109275
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 109275

  50. The Fairy Caravan.
    [POTTER, Beatrix.] HEELIS, Beatrix. The Fairy Caravan.

    Philadelphia : 1929

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 11 of 100 copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £12,000.00

    Stock Code: 109178

  51. 111521
    POTTER, Beatrix. Four "Master Copies" for enamel lids.

    Poole : [c.1975]

    Four original artist's master copies for hand-painting lids for enamel boxes. Crummels & Co. was established in 1974 and produced enamel boxes with designs based on Potter's art. An outline decal was applied to the enamel, fired onto the surface, and passed on to artists who hand-coloured. Each lid is pasted onto pieces of cardboard which feature a... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 111521

  52. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson.

    Philadelphia : 1930

    First US edition, first printing. McKay were prepared to publish more black and white illustrations than the UK publishers, 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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 110586

  53. Plays based on the stories of Beatrix Potter.
    [POTTER, Beatrix.] Plays based on the stories of Beatrix Potter.

    London : 1930-62

    WILLIAMS, E. Harcourt. The Tailor of Gloucester: A play from the story by Beatrix Potter. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1930 & c. 1933.
    3 works, octavo. Original buff wrappers, titles and vignette to covers in green.
    First edition: A fine copy. Later issues: wrappers a little creased, nicked and spotted.
    One copy of the first edition (no... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 109504

  54. Sister Anne.
    POTTER, Beatrix. Sister Anne.

    Philadelphia : 1932

    First edition, first issue. With the frontispiece incorrectly published opposite p. 7, rather than than title page. A Fairy Caravan offshoot, this is Potter's version of the tale of Bluebeard. It was withdrawn from The Fairy Caravan due to its length, and Potter now offered it to McKay as a story on its own. Due to her age and poor eyesight, Potter... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 109193

  55. 109191
    POTTER, Beatrix. Sister Anne.

    Philadelphia : 1932

    First edition, second issue. With the frontispiece opposite the title page (it was first published incorrectly opposite p. 7). Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 109191

  56. 109501
    POTTER, Beatrix. Wag-by-Wall.

    Boston : 1944

    First edition in book form, first printing. A limited edition of 100 copies was published in the UK, likely simultaneously, though the exact date is unknown. Potter originally conceived the story "as a pendant to The Tailor of Gloucester - the lonely old man and the lonely old woman, but I could never finish it." It was first written in 1909 under the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 109501

  57. 109499
    POTTER, Beatrix. Wag-by-Wall.

    London & New York : 1944

    First UK edition, limited issue. Number 78 from a limited edition of 100 copies only, the only British publication. Potter originally conceived the story "as a pendant to The Tailor of Gloucester - the lonely old man and the lonely old woman, but I could never finish it." It was first written in 1909 under the title "The Little Black Kettle". Potter... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 109499

  58. Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
    POTTER, Beatrix. Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

    [c.1970]

    Large print modelled on the frontispiece of The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle (1905). Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 111509

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