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Beatrix Potter

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. Changing Pictures: A Book of Transformation Pictures.
    First edition. This issue without Potter's signature to the cover illustration. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 109210

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  2. 125115
    First trade edition, first impression. Warne had reconsidered the "Bunny book", as they called it, following a second approach from Potter's friend Hardwicke Rawnsley, an author of children's verses who had rewritten the text in his own style. Warne were now prepared to publish it (though in a slight to Rawnsley, they preferred... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 125115

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  3. 130129
    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... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130129

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  4. 130131
    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... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130131

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  5. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    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... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 109235

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  6. 118305
    First edition, first issue, deluxe issue in art fabric. With 1903 to the title page and the single page endpapers occurring four times, and the variant frontispiece: the illustration used for the pictorial label on the front cover of the trade edition. Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 118305

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  7. 118306
    First trade edition, first impression, with a single-page pictorial endpaper occurring four times, which was replaced with double-page 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... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 118306

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  8. 125111
    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"... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 125111

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  9. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    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... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 109247

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  10. 120665
    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. It was issued in grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 120665

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  11. 130132
    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

    Stock Code: 130132

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  12. 130135
    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

    Stock Code: 130135

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  13. 130133
    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

    Stock Code: 130133

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  14. The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit.
    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... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 109264

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  15. 106248
    First edition, first issue, with "London & New York" on the rear cover. Shops were reluctant to stock this and Miss Moppet, the only other book by Potter published in this form, because they are awkward for small hands to handle and easily damaged. Both were eventually reprinted in book form in 1916. A Fierce Bad Rabbit... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 106248

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  16. 125950
    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... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 125950

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  17. 126947
    First edition, second issue, with "New York & London" on the rear cover, published in December, a month after the first issue. 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... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 126947

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  18. 126990
    First edition, first issue with "London & New York" printed on the back. 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... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 126990

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  19. The Tale of Tom Kitten.
    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

    Stock Code: 109481

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  20. 121927
    First edition, first impression. Linder notes that the first three printings all from 1907 are believed to be identical. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 121927

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  21. 130716
    First edition, in the first issue dust jacket listing only books published prior to 1908 and with the price of 1/- on the spine panel. (The first three impressions are indistinguishable, so the presence of the jacket is crucial in this instance.) Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130716

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  22. The Roly-Poly Pudding.
    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

    Stock Code: 109223

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  23. 113277
    First edition, first impression, with 1908 and the words "All rights reserved" at the foot of the title page. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 113277

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  24. 126991
    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

    Stock Code: 126991

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  25. 130134
    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

    Stock Code: 130134

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  26. 118304
    First edition, deluxe issue. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 118304

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  27. 109207

    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... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 109207

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  28. 130717
    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

    Stock Code: 130717

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  29. 129638
    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 129638

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  30. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    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... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 104004

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  31. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    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... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109478

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  32. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition, deluxe issue. From the library of Winifred Warne, the niece of Norman Warne. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 109479

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  33. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition, deluxe issue, in red cloth. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 109492

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  34. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition, first printing. An excellent copy in the very rare publisher's glassine dust jacket. 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... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 81899

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  35. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    First edition, deluxe issue. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 109494

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  36. 118503

    The Tale of Mr. Tod.

    London and New York: 1912

    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 118503

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  37. 130737

    The Tale of Mr. Tod.

    London and New York: 1912

    Presumed first edition; the first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 130737

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  38. The Tale of Pigling Bland.
    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

    Stock Code: 100374

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  39. 129196
    First edition in book form. First published in 1906 in a wallet-style panorama format. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 129196

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  40. Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes.
    First edition, first impression. 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

    Stock Code: 109206

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  41. 125166
    First edition, first impression. 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
    £375

    Stock Code: 125166

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  42. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 109275

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  43. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. With the exceptionally scarce promotional wraparound band. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 109276

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  44. 1
    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 115969

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  45. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    First edition, first impression with the 'N' dropped from London on the title page. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 98342

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  46. Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes.
    First edition, first impression. This compilation of rhymes was a sequel of sorts to Appley Dapply, and was the last book of the series issued in the small format. Beatrix Potter used earlier paintings of her neighbour's guinea pigs which were recopied for this book. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 109201

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  47. The Fairy Caravan.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 109167

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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. Plays based on the stories of Beatrix Potter.
    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... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 109504

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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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