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POTTER, Beatrix.

The Tale of Samuel Whiskers. Or, The Roly-Poly Pudding.

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Published: London Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, [c.1941]

Stock Code: 124768

£2,000
signed
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

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 lived there until her death in 1943, just a couple of years after this copy was inscribed. Over the years, Potter gave many of her books to the villagers and their children. The character of John Joiner, the terrier who removes the floorboard to release Tom, was based on young John Taylor, a Sawrey carpenter and the son of the village shopkeepers.
This is a later printing of the title first published in 1908 in a large format as The Roly-Poly Pudding. In 1926 Frederick Warne decided to publish it in the small format consistent with other books in the same series, and the title was changed to The Tale of Samuel Whiskers.

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Description

Sextodecimo. Original red boards, spine and front cover lettered in white, pictorial label to front cover, pictorial endpapers.

Illustrations

Frontispiece, 17 colour plates, outline illustrations in the text by the author.

Condition

Spine slightly faded, tiny spot of wear to foot of spine, minor foxing to fore edge. A very good, bright, copy.

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