Lot 73: Potter, Beatrix
January 13, 2016
Edinburgh, United KingdomLive Auction
The tale of Peter Rabbit. London: Frederick Warne and Co., . 12mo, first trade edition, first, second or third printing, original green boards with illustration of Peter Rabbit in his blue jacket to the upper cover, silver/grey endpapers with holly leaf floral design, very sensitive repairs to joints and endpapers, first gathering re-attached, gift inscription dated "Christmas 1903" to front free endpaper, light crease to frontispiece, occasional light dust and slight foxing marks, slight bumping to spine ends and corners
Provenance: Original owner the late Hartley Whyte, former chairman Whyte & Mackay Whisky, gifted to the current owner.
Note: 8000 copies of the first trade edition were printed. This copy appears to be one of the first three printings of this first trade edition, according to the following issue points: the book is undated and published by 'F. Warne & Co.', dots to the centre of letters 'o' to cover and spine, "Wept big tears" on page 51, indicating one of the first three printings (later printings read 'shed' rather than 'wept), illustration on page 14 a self-portrait of Beatrix Potter as Mrs McGregor, grey floral endpapers.