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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. The Fairy Caravan.
    First edition, UK issue, number 26 of 100 copies only. Presentation copy, inscribed by Potter on the front free endpaper, "To Mr & Mrs Wright of Graythwaite - in affectionate remembrance - from Beatrix Heelis. June. 10th 1930." A touching presentation copy, together with an autograph letter from Potter to the Wrights laid-in,... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 109175

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  2. The Fairy Caravan.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 11 of 100 copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £12,000

    Stock Code: 109178

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  3. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson.
    First US edition, first printing. McKay were prepared to publish more black and white illustrations than 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

    Stock Code: 110586

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  4. 122007
    First UK edition, first impression. Though this was the last of the Peter Rabbit books, it is one of Potter's earliest stories, written in 1883 at Ilfracombe. She revisited the story after the publication of The Fairy Caravan, in response to her American publishers requesting another story. She appeased Warne, who were chagrined... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 122007

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  5. Sister Anne.

    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

    Stock Code: 109191

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  6. Sister Anne.

    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... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 109193

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  7. 124768comp
    Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Beatrix Potter, Christmas 1941". Though unmarked as such, this copy was originally owned by Margaret Coward, a child who lived at Broomriggs Cottage in Near Sawrey, less than a mile from the author's Lake District home, Hill Top Farm. Potter bought the working farm in 1905 and... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 124768

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  8. Wag-by-Wall.

    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... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 109499

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  9. Wag-by-Wall.
    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... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 109501

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  10. Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
    Large print modelled on the frontispiece of The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle (1905). Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 111509

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