The Fairy Caravan.[Ambleside: for the Author,] 1929 Stock Code: 109175
NotesFirst 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, consoling them on the loss of Mollie, their daughter, and writing that she had had it in mind to bring a copy of the book over for her: "I hope time is softening the pain of parting and that you can take comfort in thinking of her safe from the storms and cold of this earthly pilgrimage." She writes of her plans to visit soon, and notes an amusing anecdote of Mrs Wright's father ("I was taken aback when I joked about Mount Everest and he said he had been there!"). Several years later this copy made a serendipitous journey: it was mistakenly sold by Mrs Wright to a Kendal bookseller, resold to a bookseller in Hertford, and finally purchased by Leslie Linder. In a letter laid-in from Linder to Mrs Wright, he returns the book to its rightful owner, and asks in return not for payment but for any memories Mrs Wright might have of Potter. There is no record of Mrs Wright's reply, but Linder's response to her note also accompanies the book, thanking her "for the account of Mrs Heelis... I know from experience that notes like these are not written in five minutes."
Large octavo. Original grey green boards with dark green cloth spine, titles to front board in black, all edges untrimmed. Housed in a blue velvet-lined solander box.
6 colour and numerous monochrome illustrations in the text by the author.
Spine ends rubbed, front hinge split but holding, some spotting to first few leaves.
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