Plays based on the published stories.London: Frederick Warne & Co.; Samuel French, 1930-62 Stock Code: 109504
A group of six theatrical versions of Beatrix Potter stories, three titles with one or two variant issues. The Tailor and Gloucester and Ginger and Pickles were dramatized by Potter in collaboration with the character actor and director Ernest George Harcourt Williams; the others were adapted from her books without her direct involvement.
(i, ii, iii) 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 reference to Ginger & Pickles or Mr Samuel Whiskers), and two later issues (with the plays referenced). In October 1923 Potter received a rough draft of Williams's adaptation, requesting her permission to publish it and use the play for the children's performances he and his wife gave each Christmas. Potter made a couple of alterations, notably to the name Lady Golightly he wanted to give to one of the mice, and criticized some of the wording, and wrote severely to her publishers: "I care far more for the Tailor than for Peter... If they print a book of words I must be allowed to revise it." The play was published in 1930. Later, in response to Warne's request for a "drawing-room version", she replied "between ourselves the present version is so far mine (by quotation and corrections) that I could not write a different version if I tried." (Linder, p. 276).
(iv, v, vi) WILLIAMS, E. Harcourt. Ginger and Pickles: A play from the story by Beatrix Potter. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1931 & c. 1933.
3 works, octavo. Original buff wrappers, titles and vignette to covers in blue (first edition) and purple (later issues).
First edition: pink marks to front cover, wrappers a little creased, an excellent copy. Later issues: wrappers a little creased, excellent copies.
One copy of the first edition (no reference to the Tailor of Gloucester or Samuel Whiskers) and two later issues (referencing those two plays).
(vii, viii) BUTTERWORTH, Theron H. Mr. Samuel Whiskers: A play in three scenes and an epilogue from the story of the Roly-Poly Pudding by Beatrix Potter. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1933
2 works, octavo. Original buff wrappers, titles and vignette to covers in brown (first edition) and red (later issue).
First edition: some minor soiling to covers, an excellent copy. Later issue: wrappers a little creased, an excellent copy.
One copy of the first edition (without reference to the Tailor of Gloucester or Ginger and Pickles plays on the inner front cover), and a later issue (referencing the plays).
Potter began to write a Peter Rabbit play (date unknown) but it was never finished.
ix) TURK, Catherine Mehl. Peter Rabbit: A Play in One Act. New York: Samuel French, 1936.
Original blue wrappers, title to front cover black. Wrappers a little toned.
x) GLASS, Dudley. Peter Rabbit: A Musical Play for Children. London: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, 1951.
Original blue wrappers, title to front cover brown, vignette to cover. A fine copy.
xi) GLASS, Dudley. The Operetta of Peter Rabbit. London: Warne, 1962.
Original green wrappers, title to front cover in black and white, motif of Peter Rabbit to front cover. A fine copy. First edition.
Together 11 items, octavo. Original buff, blue, or green wrappers. Housed together in a custom brown linen chemise and brown quarter morocco and cloth slipcase.
Occasional minor soiling or creasing, some copies fine; overall, very good. Provenance: The Doris Frohnsdorff Collection of Beatrix Potter, 16 April 1997, Christie's New York, East, lot 160 (part lot).
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