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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. A Happy Pair.
    First edition of the first book illustrated by Beatrix Potter. Extremely scarce, with just five copies traced institutionally, it features six of her illustrations accompanying a set of six poems by Frederic E. Weatherly (best known as the author of the lyrics for "Danny Boy"). Early in 1890, Beatrix, then 24, and her brother,... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 109202

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  2. Changing Pictures: A Book of Transformation Pictures.
    First edition, the preferred variant with Potter's signature to the cover illustration. This is one of the earliest appearances in print of a book illustration by Beatrix Potter, preceded only by A Happy Pair: she designed one of the three chromolithograph illustrations to the front cover, depicting a rabbit opening the... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 109213

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  3. Comical Customers.

    Comical Customers.

    London & New York: [1896]

    First edition. With nine line drawings by Potter (signed HBP), featuring her frog illustrations accompanying the verse "A Frog he would a fishing go" by Clifton Bingham. The book also contains a separate full page illustration of "Squintina Tabby" to accompany "The Story of Violante and the Silver Sixpence", after a pen... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 109216

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  4. Nister's Holiday Annual 1896.
    First edition. With nine line drawings by Potter (signed HBP), featuring her frog illustrations accompanying the verse "A Frog he would a fishing go" by Clifton Bingham. Potter's frog illustrations appeared in two collections by Nister this year: Comical Customers and the Holiday Annual. The idea originated with a picture... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109220

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  5. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies privately printed for the author a year before Warne's trade edition, issued in the same month and in a similar format to the second privately-printed Peter Rabbit. The text of this edition is considerably longer than that of the first trade and the cover incorporates a... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 109246

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  6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
    First edition, second impression, one of 200 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For J. Squire, from Miss Potter. March 26, 1902." A significant inscription, uniting her lesser known work as an amateur mycologist and scientific artist with her most famous children's book. Squire... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 109456

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  7. [Complete set of deluxe editions:] The Tale of Peter Rabbit; The Tailor of Gloucester; The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin; The Tale of Two Bad Mice; The Tale of Benjamin Bunny; The Pie and the Patty-Pan; The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle; The Tale of Jeremy Fisher;
    Complete set of the first deluxe editions of the Peter Rabbit series. Priced at 1/6- rather than 1/- for the paper-covered books, the deluxe editions went through three iterations before a consistent style was settled upon. The first deluxe binding of Peter Rabbit was issued in two colours, yellow and green. Potter felt... Learn More
    £67,500

    Stock Code: 111069

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  8. 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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  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. The Pie and the Patty-Pan.
    First edition, first impression. This was the last book Norman Warne had discussed with Potter, published in a larger format. Potter completed the project alone; it was published two months after his death. The illustrated endpapers, introduced the previous year, were forgotten; the book appeared with plain or lavender endpapers.... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 109227

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  11. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
    First edition, deluxe issue. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 109402

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  12. 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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  13. The Tale of Jeremy Fisher.
    First edition, deluxe issue. The first two impressions are indistinguishable. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 109417

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    Second deluxe binding, later impression, featuring the endpaper design introduced in July 1909. From the library of Winifred Warne, with her bookplate to the inner cover of the folding case. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109234

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  17. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
    Deluxe edition, a later impression from the new blocks made in 1907, with the two altered drawings: the image of Peter and Mr McGregor on p. 68 is drawn to a larger scale, and the picture of Mrs Rabbit pouring camomile tea on p. 81 was redrawn with more detail. This copy has the 1910 endpaper design and the reading "shed... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109452

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  18. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.
    First edition. The first two printings are identical. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 105664

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  19. 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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