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Auction Description for Bloomsbury: Beatrix Potter: The Mark Ottignon Collection
Viewing Notes:
24th February 11am to 4pm. 25th February 9.30am to 5.30pm. 26th February 9.30am to 5pm. Day of Sale from 9.30am.
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Beatrix Potter: The Mark Ottignon Collection

by Bloomsbury Auctions


307 lots | 160 with images

February 27, 2013

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24 Maddox Street

London, W1S 1PP United Kingdom

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Potter (Beatrix).- Weatherly (Frederic E.) A Happy

Lot 1: Potter (Beatrix).- Weatherly (Frederic E.) A Happy

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Weatherly (Frederic E.) A Happy Pair, first and only edition, 6 chromolithographed illustrations, each monogrammed H.B.P., some minor marking, original wrappers with upper cover illustration by Beatrix Potter and lower cover initialled H.I.M., tied with silk cord and with later stitching, spine split, some marking, crease to lower cover, g.e., preserved in modern morocco-backed felt-lined drop-back box, by The Chelsea Bindery, 16mo, London, Hildesheimer & Faulkner, and New York, Geo. C.Whitney, [1890]. ***The first book illustrated throughout by Beatrix Potter, utilising some of the card designs she had sent to Hildesheimer & Faulkner for which she was paid £6 with a request for more sketches. Faulkner himself failed to impress Beatrix Potter, who noted in her journal "he did not strike me as being a person with much taste"; it was however the commencement of her professional career and she went on to regularly provide Hildesheimer & Faulkner with further card designs..

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[Potter (Beatrix)] [Two mice in a coconut], shaped

Lot 2: [Potter (Beatrix)] [Two mice in a coconut], shaped

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Description: [Potter (Beatrix)] [Two mice in a coconut], shaped chromolithograph Christmas Card, text on verso reads "With best wishes for a Bright and Happy Christmas", Hildesheimer & Faulkner no.185, contemporary ink inscription with some surface abrading, Designed in England, Printed in Germany, [c.1890]. Beatrix Potter's original design for this Christmas card depicted a mouse in a nest rather than a coconut. LB1782 and 1787 in the V&A are her original watercolour designs, the former depicting the mouse inside the nest, and the latter depicting the nest viewed from the outside. ***Rare variant, not in the V&A collection which has two cards of this design in the Linder Bequest: LB1788a has the serial number 205 and the message "A happy New Year to you."; LB1788b has no serial number and the message "A happy Christmas to you.".

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[Potter (Beatrix)] 'A bright and happy Christmas',

Lot 3: [Potter (Beatrix)] 'A bright and happy Christmas',

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Description: [Potter (Beatrix)] 'A bright and happy Christmas', Christmas greeting card, chromolithograph on card, contemporary inscription on blank verso "With Bernard's & Winnie's love", very good, [V&A 1793; Hobbs p.79], 89 x 131 mm., Hildesheimer & Faulkner, [c.1890]. ***One of a pair of guinea pig designs that Beatrix Potter provided for Hildesheimer & Faulkner, both of which were subsequently reused in their 1893 publication Our Dear Relations. This is a variant on that recorded by the V&A and in Anne Stevenson Hobbs' Beatrix Potter: artist & illustrator, which have the card captioned 'A bright and happy NEW YEAR' (see Hobbs, pp.78-79)..

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Potter (Beatrix).- Nister Ernest and E.P. Dutton,

Lot 4: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister Ernest and E.P. Dutton,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister Ernest and E.P. Dutton, publishers. Daisy and her Calf, 4 chromolithographed illustrations including one by Beatrix Potter, slight abrasions to inner margin of first & last ff., stitching going with contents working loose, original chromolithographed shaped card covers, titled 'Daisy and her Calf', lower cover with some surface wear causing partial loss to imprint, 70 x 109 mm., London & New York, [c.1890]. ***The Beatrix Potter image contained is the same as that on the front cover of Changing Pictures (see lot XXX) and one of the plates in Isn't it Funny (see lot XXX), but is unrecorded in this small booklet where it is also supplied with some appropriate text, itself further developed on the last page. A rare and highly collectable piece..

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Lot 5: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest, publisher)

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest, publisher) Pinkie, Winkie, and Wee, facsimile reprint, 4 chromolithographed illustrations including one entitled 'The Sporting Cat' by Beatrix Potter, original shaped pictorial card covers, 73 x 102 mm., Macmillan, 1982.

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Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

Lot 6: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P. Dutton, publishers. Changing Pictures. A Book of Transformation Pictures, 6 full-page chromolithographed transforming illustrations all in good working order, plain pictorial title and illustrations, patterned endpapers, some finger-marking, 1 small repaired tear, original cloth-backed pictorial boards including illustration by Beatrix Potter (initialled H.B.P.), [Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick p.57; V&A 999], 4to, [1894]. ***The Beatrix Potter cover illustration depicts a rabbit opening its burrow door to find a basket of vegetables, reminiscent of the illustration on page 22 of Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (see lot XXX)..

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Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

Lot 7: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P. Dutton, publishers. Changing Pictures. A Book of Transformation Pictures, 6 full-page chromolithographed transforming illustrations all in good working order, plain pictorial title and illustrations, patterned endpapers, some finger-marking and foxing, 1 plate with closed tear, repaired tear to front free endpaper, contemporary gift inscription, original cloth-backed pictorial boards including illustration by Beatrix Potter, [Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick p.57; V&A 999], 4to, [1894]. ***This issue without the initials 'H.B.P.' on the cover illustration..

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Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

Lot 8: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P. Dutton, publishers. Isn't It Funny, 6 chromolithographed plates including frontispiece featuring Beatrix Potter illustration of the rabbit opening door, plain illustrations throughout, patterned endpapers (fading to free endpapers), lower pastedown damp-cockled, original cloth-backed pictorial boards, worn at edges, light damp stain to lower cover, 4to, London & New York, [1894].

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Potter (Beatrix).- Dutton (E.P.) and Ernest

Lot 9: Potter (Beatrix).- Dutton (E.P.) and Ernest

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Dutton (E.P.) and Ernest Nister, publishers. A Frog he would a fishing Go, first appearance, in Nister's Holiday Annual 1896, 10 illustrations for Clifton Bingham's verse by Beatrix Potter (signed HBP), with illustrations for the other stories etc. contained by various other illustrators, including Louis Wain, some light foxing to margins, otherwise internally fine, original pictorial cloth, gilt, a few light water spots to upper cover, g.e., [Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick pp.126-127; V&A 1029-1053], 4to, New York & London, 1896. ***Beatrix Potter's first published illustrations and the first to depict "Jeremy Fisher", whose Tales were not published until 1906. Of the ten illustrations, nine are by Potter and bear her initials HBP, with the initial drawing of a frog holding a rod, whose tangled fishing line reveals the words of the title, having been prepared by Nister (replacing the one they would not pay for, see Linder pp.176-179). Beatrix Potter would subsequently buy back the drawings and blocks from Nister for £6, shortly after the successful publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit..

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Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P. Dutton, publishers. A Frog he would a fishing Go, first appearance, in Nister's Holiday Annual 1896, 10 illustrations for Clifton Bingham's verse by Beatrix Potter (signed HBP), with illustrations for the other stories etc. contained by various other illustrators, including Louis Wain, some minor marking, 2 ff. with small closed tear, tape burn to gutter of one spread, original cloth-backed pictorial boards, recased with new endpapers, rubbed at edges, some light scratches, [Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick pp.126-127; V&A 1029-1053], 4to, London & New York, 1896.

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Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

Lot 11: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P. Dutton, publishers. A Frog he would a fishing Go, early appearance, in Nister's Comical Customers [1896], illustrations for Clifton Bingham's verse by Beatrix Potter (signed HBP), other illustrations, including some by Louis Wain, mounted chromolithographed frontispiece, some marking, damage to lower fore-corner of one page, contemporary gift inscription on front free endpaper, hinges pulling with splitting to endpapers, original cloth-backed pictorial boards, scratched and rubbed, pencil doodle on lower board, 4to, London & New York, [1896].

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Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

Lot 12: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P.

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Description: Potter (Beatrix).- Nister (Ernest) and E.P. Dutton, publishers. Pleasant Trips by Trains & Ships to Little Folks' Country, 21 chromolithographed plates including one featuring an illustration by Beatrix Potter, one double-page, numerous plain illustrations, all by various artists including Louis Wain, several leaves with closed tear in lower margin, some marginal marking and darkening, lacking rear endpapers and front free endpaper, hinges pulling, original cloth-backed pictorial boards, worn at edges, scratched and marked, 4to, London & New York, [1896]. ***This typical Nister compilation contains a hitherto unrecorded illustration by Beatrix Potter, printed in colour as a space-filler, depicting a rabbit stepping out onto a wintery scene with an umbrella at the ready. The oval design is a companion to the watercolour sold at Bonhams in 1997. The rabbit is in identical jacket with the same basket on his arm. Here he is putting up his umbrella, while in the drawing he is leaving with the umbrella raised, watched by his wife..

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[Potter (Beatrix)] Christmas Greetings Card, 4

Lot 13: [Potter (Beatrix)] Christmas Greetings Card, 4

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Description: [Potter (Beatrix)] Christmas Greetings Card, 4 blank pp. inside with contemporary gift inscription "Xmas 1924 / - / with love from 'Daddy' / Mrs Boultbee [Winifred Warne]", original sewn card wrappers gilt-stamped "Greetings" and with mounted colour illustration by Beatrix Potter showing two rabbits under an umbrella walking through the snow, one carrying a basket of vegetables the other reading an opened card, with Post Office in background, [V&A 1796], 12mo, [1924]. ***An interesting association, inscribed from Fruing Warne to his daugher Winifred..

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Lot 14: [Potter (Beatrix)] Greetings Card, showing Peter

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Description: [Potter (Beatrix)] Greetings Card, showing Peter Rabbit in bed being dosed by his mother, colour illustration laid onto card as issued with gilt-stamped 'Greetings' below, signed by Beatrix Potter below image, with original printed glassine sleeve, [V&A 1798], 144 x 102 mm., for the Invalid Children's Aid Association, [1927].

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[Potter (Beatrix)] Christmas Card, folding

Lot 15: [Potter (Beatrix)] Christmas Card, folding

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Description: [Potter (Beatrix)] Christmas Card, folding Christmas greeting card with mounted printed colour illustration of Peter Rabbit as postman on upper page with facsimile signature, autograph inscription from Beatrix Potter to 'Miss Tyson and Howie' dated 1939 on printed presentation page facing printed illustration by Beatrix Potter above verse 'Here comes Peter with the Post-bag! "Is this the right rabbit hole, please?"', a very good copy, [V&A 1807], 152 x 215 mm. opened, 1935.

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

Lot 16: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, first issue, [one of 250 copies], colour frontispiece and 41 full-page line drawings by the author, bookplate and library plate of the Biblioteca de Manuel de Lancastre Araújo Bobone on front endpapers with small armorial ink & blind-stamp on title, slight offsetting of ink-stamp onto top margin of frontispiece, internally a very good copy, original grey-green boards lettered and illustrated in black with flat spine, rubbed at spine edges with superficial splitting, but overall very good, housed in half morocco drop-back box by Temple Bookbinders, [Linder 420 & cf. pp.94-96; Quinby 1; Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick pp.21-22; V&A 1622 & 1623; Gottlieb/Morgan 220; Osborne, p. 383], 16mo, [Privately printed for the Author by Strangeways, December, 1901]. Originally conceived by Beatrix Potter as a picture letter and sent to her former governess' eldest son Noël in 1893, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was to become one of the preeminent children's books of the 20th century, and firmly established Beatrix Potter as a popular author and illustrator. This edition was produced largely due to the author's exasperation at the failure of various children's book publishers to take on the work, and immediately proved such a success amongst her friends, family and others (including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) that, within a week or two she had requested a second impression be produced. At the same time Frederick Warne & Co. had reconsidered their position on publishing the work, and a deal was made with Beatrix Potter to produce the edition with coloured plates throughout, maintaining the author's preferred format in regard to size and sticking with the three-colour process she had commissioned Hentschel to use for this privately printed issue's frontispiece. ***An excellent example of the true first printing of one of the most important children's books of the twentieth century..

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

Lot 17: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first edition, second issue, [one of 200 copies], colour frontispiece and 41 full-page line drawings by the author, internally a very good copy, original grey-green boards lettered and illustrated in black with rounded spine, spine browned with rubbing to extreme foot, but overall an excellent, tight & sharp copy, housed in green morocco drop-back box with gilt title within gilt wreath, spine slightly sunned, [Linder 420 & cf. p.96; Quinby 1a; V&A 1624-1627], 16mo, [Privately printed for the Author by Strangeways], February, 1902. ***An excellent copy of the scarce second issue of the author's privately printed edition..

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

Lot 18: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first commercial edition, 31 colour plates and line-illustration title vignette by the author, leaf-patterned endpapers, one plate with very slight cockling, original brown boards lettered in white with colour illustration mounted on upper cover, very minor fading to lower edge, otherwise a fine copy, upper and lower panels of coeval plain glassine dust-jacket present, preserved in morocco-backed buckram drop-back box by The Chelsea Bindery, spine very slightly sunned, [Linder 421; Quinby 2; Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick p.22], 16mo, Warne, 1902. ***The first edition published by Frederick Warne, one of the first three printings with the leaf pattern endpapers, illustration of Mrs. MacGregor and 'Wept Big Tears' on p.51 (subsequently changed to 'Shed Big Tears'). The edition was immensely popular due to the author's illustrations and her style of writing, "It is much more satisfactory to address a real live child; I often think that was the secret of the success of Peter Rabbit, it was written to a child - not made to order." (Beatrix Potter, 1905).

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

Lot 19: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first trade edition in deluxe format, first, second or third printing, with "wept big tears on" present on p.51, 31 colour illustrations by Beatrix Potter, leaf-pattern endpapers, page 8 plate damaged at top margin, adhesion abrasions affecting 2 other illustrations, ink inscription with rabbits doodle dated 1902 to head of half-title, hinges pulling with splitting to endpapers, original straw-yellow cloth with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, lettered & blocked in brown with publisher's monogram and rabbit head detail, slightly rubbed, spine dulled, small ink marks to upper cover, [cf. Linder p.421], 16mo, Warne, [1902]. ***A very rare variant deluxe edition. This binding is not recorded in Linder (which notes that 2000 copies from the original 8000 were issued in green, light green or olive-green cloth), nor is it present in the V&A collection..

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

Lot 20: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first commerical edition in deluxe format, first, second or third printing, with "wept big tears on" present on p.51, 31 colour illustrations by Beatrix Potter, leaf-pattern endpapers, some light cockling, occasional minor marking to margins, gift inscription dated Xmas 1902 on front fly-leaf, endpapers split with slight loss to head of front endpapers gutter, original green cloth with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, lettered & blocked in brown with publisher's monogram and rabbit head detail, skilfully repaired at spine, slightly rubbed and dulled at spine, t.e.g., [Linder p.421], 16mo, Warne, [1902].

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Lot 21: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first commercial edition, first, second or third printing, translated into German throughout by a contemporary hand with Warne's full address in same hand on title imprint, 30 colour plates only (of 31, lacking frontispiece), some soiling, crease becoming closed tear affecting a few ff., new endpapers with only original leaf-pattern front free endpaper bearing contemporary inscription present, original dark grey boards with inset colour illustration, lettered in white, bumped and rubbed at edges, [Linder 421; Quinby 2; Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick p.22], n.d. [1902]; with a copy of the published German translation of the same, 16mo, Warne (2) ***Despite both the author and publishers Warne sharing an interest in producing editions in German of Peter Rabbit, the first German edition was not released until 1934. It is unclear why the edition here has been translated thus, especially with the publisher's address being supplied on the title-page; perhaps it was to be sent to Warne on the hope of being commissioned for an official translation..

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

Lot 22: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first commercial edition, fourth printing, 31 colour plates and plain title vignette by the author, leaf-patterned endpapers, 2 plates used for tracing leaving outline indent, some finger and other light marking, contemporary ink name and remains of bookseller's small sticker on front endpapers, some wear to rear free endpaper possibly due to removal of sticker, upper hinge cracked with splitting to endpapers, original dark grey/green boards, lettered in white, mounted colour illustration on upper cover, overall externally very good, [Linder 421; cf. Quinby 2; V&A 1645], 16mo, Warne, [April 1903]. ***The first impression to have "wept big tears" replaced by "shed big tears" on page 51..

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Lot 23: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first commercial edition, sixth printing, 27 colour plates and plain title vignette by the author, double-page colour pictorial endpapers, couple of small abrasions on pp. 8 & 9 with larger superfical abrasion on p.21, some other finger marking and similar throughout, original dark grey/green boards, lettered in white, mounted colour illustration on upper cover, slight wear to spine edges with slight cracking causing loss to surface paper, [Linder 422; cf. Quinby 2], 16mo, Warne, [December 1903]. ***The first impression to use the double-page pictorial endpapers (see Linder pp.413 & 422, plus Fig.2)..

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Lot 24: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early (seventh or eighth) printing, 27 colour plates, line-illustration title vignette and colour pictorial endpapers by the author, contemporary inked name dated 1904 on front free endpaper, internally very good, original brown boards with inset colour illustration, lettered in white, paper lifting at upper joint, otherwise very good, Warne, n.d. [1904]; and a small group of other editions of Peter Rabbit, including another 1904 edition (defective), a 1906 edition and the special "naturally Better" edition published by the National Trust with original wrap-around, 16mo (26)

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, deluxe

Lot 25: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, deluxe

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, deluxe edition, 27 colour plates and plain title vignette by the author, colour pictorial double-page endpapers (Linder's Fig.6 & 7), small abrasion on front free endpaper, original brown cloth with gilt decorations and lettering, with small inset colour illustration of Peter Rabbit, g.e., [cf. Linder p.422 note], 16mo, Warne, n.d. [c.1910]. ***This edition includes the enlarged versions of the illustrations on pages 68 & 81, which were in use for seven or eight years after 1907..

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early

Lot 26: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early deluxe edition, 26 colour plates only (of 27, lacking frontispiece), title vignette and colour pictorial endpapers by the author, small superficial tear to blank verso of one plate, occasional marking including pencil, upper hinge pulled with some separating at title, original pink/brown cloth with inset colour illustration and gilt decorations to a design by the author, g.e., shaky, rubbed at corners and spine edges, 16mo, Warne, [c.1910].

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early American edition, 27 colour plates, title vignette and colour pictorial endpapers, original blue boards with inset colour illustration, lettered in white, rubbed at corner-tips, otherwise a very good copy, 16mo, Warne, n.d. [c.1910-15].

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Lot 28: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, early edition, 27 colour plates, titles vignette and colour pictorial endpapers by the author, original grey/green boards with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, lettered in white, a very good copy, original glassine dust-jacket with printed price to foot of spine and listing Beatrix Potter titles on rear panel and inner flaps, small tear near head of spine with some creasing, otherwise a very good example, 16mo, Warne, [c.1912].

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit,

Lot 29: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Centenary Edition, number 98 of 750 copies to commemorate the writing of the original picture letter in 1903, comprising facsimile picture letter in envelope, facsimile editions of the original privately printed edition of 1901 and the deluxe edition in yellow cloth, and gilt-stamped sheet, together in original cloth drop-back box, gilt, with limitation details printed & numbered on inside upper cover, in publisher's printed card sleeve, 1993; the same, number 975 of 1175 copies, comprising facsimile picture letter in envelope, facsimile editions of the original privately printed edition of 1901 and the deluxe edition in olive cloth, with gilt-stamped sheet and printed booklet, together in original cloth drop-back box, gilt, with limitation details printed & numbered on inside upper cover, in publisher's printed card sleeve, 1993, books 16mo, Warne (2)

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Centenary Edition, number 741 of 750 copies to commemorate the writing of the original picture letter in 1903, comprising facsimile picture letter in envelope, facsimile editions of the original privately printed edition of 1901 and the deluxe edition in yellow cloth, and gilt-stamped sheet, together in original cloth drop-back box, gilt, with limitation details printed & numbered on inside upper cover, Warne, 1993; plus 3 copies of the standard 1993 Centenary edition in original blue cloth and cloth slip-cases, books 16mo (4)

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Centenary Edition, this edition produced for the Japanese market, limited edition commemorating the writing of the original picture letter in 1903, comprising facsimile picture letter in envelope, facsimile edition of the original privately printed edition of 1901 and the standard 1993 Centenary edition in blue cloth, with printed booklet in Japanese and Japanese ticket, together in original red cloth drop-back box, gilt, in publisher's card sleeve with Japanese title and description, in transparent sleeve with PR and Fukuinkan Shoten device, in publisher's card box printed in Japanese, books 16mo, 1993.

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Potter (Beatrix) and Maurice Sendak. The Tale of

Lot 32: Potter (Beatrix) and Maurice Sendak. The Tale of

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) and Maurice Sendak. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Prints from the original blocks, number XVII of XXV hors commerce copies, from an overall limitation of 250 copies, comprising printed introductory booklet signed & numbered in pencil by author Maurice Sendak, with additional pencil signature of printing historian Iain Bain, in original printed wrappers, 34 line block illustrations printed in brown ink on Arches paper, each with pencil limitation details and printed monogram of Alecto Historical Editions on verso, with tissue guard, each loose in separate printed card sleeve, together housed in original cloth drop-back box with inset illustration on upper cover and gilt label on spine, 16mo, New York, Battledore Ltd, 1995. This copy from the small hors commerce limitation is also accompanied by an additional print from another Beatrix Potter line-block, "Come dance a jig, to my Granny's pig", 170 x 230 mm., from a design probably dating from the 1890s to illustrate a nursery rhyme, perhaps intended as a design for a Christmas Card. The print bears the matching pencil limitation and printed AHE monogram, and comes with a printed descriptive commentary by V&A Frederick Warne Curator Anne Stevenson Hobbs, and is presented in its own printed folder; only 125 copies were printed as a bonus to the first 100 pre-publication subscribers to the portfolio. ***An excellent production reproducing 34 of the original 41 plain illustrations from the edition privately printed by Beatrix Potter in 1901. This edition was produced & designed by Iain Bain with Alecto Historical Editions, coordinated by bookseller Justin G.Schiller, and features an original appreciation by renowned Beatrix Potter expert and children's book author & illustrator Maurice Sendak..

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit,

Lot 33: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Centenary Edition, number 74 of 100 copies numbered in hand on preliminary leaf, full-page colour illustrations, patterned endpapers, original white calf, lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, g.e., with printed booklet The History of The Tale of Peter Rabbit 1902-2002 in stapled pictorial wrappers, a separate suite of the 6 full-page plates captioned on verso, publisher's printed description with blind-stamp and morocco gilt-decorated bookmark, plus bookplate from Beatrix Potter's Hill Top house at Sawrey, all together in original metal-hinged presentation box lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration, preserved in publisher's white card chemise, book 16mo, 2002.

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit,

Lot 34: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Centenary Edition, number 75 of 100 copies numbered in hand on preliminary leaf, full-page colour illustrations, patterned endpapers, original white calf, lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, g.e., with printed booklet The History of The Tale of Peter Rabbit 1902-2002 in stapled pictorial wrappers, a separate suite of the 6 full-page plates captioned on verso, publisher's printed description with blind-stamp and morocco gilt-decorated bookmark, all together in original metal-hinged presentation box lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration, 2002; and 2 copies of the cloth-bound edition limited to 500 copies, similarly presented; preserved in publisher's white card chemise, books 16mo (3)

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Lot 35: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Centenary Edition, number 9 of 500 copies exclusively produced for Harrods Ltd. to commemorate the 1902 publication of the first Warne edition of Peter Rabbit, title vignette and full-page colour illustrations by the author, original dark blue morocco with inset colour illustration, lettered and blocked in silver, silver edges, original slip-case lettered and illustrated in silver, in publisher's original plain card sleeve, 16mo, Warne, 2002.

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Centenary Edition, number 316 of 500 copies numbered in hand on preliminary leaf, full-page colour illustrations, patterned endpapers, original cream cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, g.e., with printed booklet The History of The Tale of Peter Rabbit 1902-2002 in stapled pictorial wrappers, publisher's printed description with blind-stamp and morocco gilt-decorated bookmark, all together in original metal-hinged presentation box lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration, preserved in publisher's white card chemise, 2002; and another copy of the same, book 16mo (2)

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Lot 37: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Centenary Edition, number 487 of 500 copies exclusively produced for Harrods Ltd. to commemorate the 1902 publication of the first Warne edition of Peter Rabbit, title vignette and full-page colour illustrations by the author, original dark blue morocco with inset colour illustration, lettered and blocked in silver, silver edges, original slip-case lettered and illustrated in silver, in publisher's original plain card sleeve, 2002; and another copy of the same, lacking the sleeve, 16mo, Warne (2)

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, first

Lot 38: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, first edition, first issue, [one of 500 copies], 16 colour plates by the author, minor browning to endpapers but internally a fine copy, original pink boards lettered and illustrated in black with rounded spine, light foxing, more visible on upper cover, but overall a fine, tight & sharp copy, housed in pink cloth drop-back box, [Linder 420 & pp.114; Quinby 3; Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick pp.59-60; Gottlieb/Morgan 221; Osborne, p. 379], 16mo, [Privately printed for the Author by Strangeways, December, 1902]. The Tailor of Gloucester was the author's favourite among all her works, writing of this edition "I find that children of the right age - 12 - like it best; the smaller ones who could learn off the short sentences of Peter find this one too long." ***Developed again from an illustrated letter, this time gifted to Freda Moore, this work features rhymes & verses that Beatrix Potter enjoyed woven into a tale told to her by Caroline Hutton during a stay at Harescombe Grange near Stroud, Gloucestershire, for which the author took sketches of Gloucester landmarks & streets, and even tore a button off her own coat so she could watch a tailor in Chelsea at work..

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Lot 39: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, first edition, art fabric deluxe issue, 27 colour plates and title vignette by the author, colour pictorial double-page endpapers, occasional minor finger-marking to margins, original floral-patterned cloth with white buckram onlays ruled and lettered in gilt, slightly darkened at spine, otherwise a very good copy, [Linder pp. 423 & 138-140; Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick pp.108-111; V&A 1570], 16mo, Warne, 1903. ***One of two titles to be bound for a deluxe edition in art fabric from Beatrix Potter's grandfather's printworks at Manchester; this copy has the mouse illustration that features on the trade edition cover as frontispiece, considered the scarcer of the two frontispieces used for this edition, as well as the first issue endpapers..

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, early

Lot 40: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, early

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, early deluxe edition, 28 colour plates by the author, pictorial endpapers, original lavender-blue cloth with mounted colour illustration, with elaborate gilt decorations and lettering to a design made by the author, g.e., slightly rubbed at corners, overall a very good copy, [Linder 423], 16mo, n.d. [c.1910]. ***The endpaper illustrations present in this edition were only issued in 1909 & 1910 respectively (see Linder, Fig. 6 & 7)..

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Lot 41: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, Centenary Edition, number 74 of 100 copies numbered in hand on front free endpaper, full-page colour illustrations, patterned endpapers, original white calf, lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, g.e., with printed booklet The Tailor of Gloucester 1903-2003 in stapled pictorial wrappers, a separate suite of the 6 full-page illustrations captioned on verso, publisher's printed description and morocco gilt-decorated bookmark, all together in original metal-hinged presentation box lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration, 2003; and the cloth-bound edition of the same, limited to 500 copies, similarly presented, preserved in publisher's original card drop-back boxes with printed label reiterating the limitation, books 16mo (2)

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Lot 42: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tailor of Gloucester, Centenary Edition, number 75 of 100 copies numbered in hand on front free endpaper, full-page colour illustrations, patterned endpapers, original white calf, lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, g.e., with printed booklet The Tailor of Gloucester 1903-2003 in stapled pictorial wrappers, a separate suite of the 6 full-page illustrations captioned on verso, publisher's printed description and morocco gilt-decorated bookmark, all together in original metal-hinged presentation box lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration, 2003; and the cloth-bound edition of the same, limited to 500 copies, similarly presented, preserved in publisher's original card drop-back boxes with printed label reiterating the limitation, books 16mo (2)

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, first

Lot 43: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, first

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, first edition, first issue, in deluxe binding, 27 colour plates and line vignette on title by the author, colour pictorial endpapers, contemporary gift inscription dated 1904 on blank recto of frontispiece with light ablation, some other light, minor marking to margins, original teal cloth with mounted oval colour illustration, elaborate gilt decoration and lettering to upper cover and spine to a design by the author, g.e., slightly rubbed at corners, small gilt mark to lower cover, small black mark to foot of upper cover, overall a very good copy, [Linder pp.153 & 424; Quinby 6], 16mo, Warne, 1904.

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, early

Lot 44: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, early

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, early edition, in deluxe binding, 27 colour plates and title vignette by the author, colour pictorial endpapers, one page creased, one plate with small superficial tear to margin, original lavender/blue cloth with mounted oval colour illustration, elaborate gilt decoration and lettering to upper cover and spine, g.e., slightly rubbed at corners and spine, slightly knocked, overall a very good copy, 16mo, Warne, [c.1910].

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Lot 45: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Benjamin Bunny,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Centenary Edition, number 74 of 100 copies numbered in hand on front free endpaper, full-page colour illustrations, patterned endpapers, original white calf, lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, g.e., with printed booklet The History of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny 1904-2004 in stapled pictorial wrappers, a separate suite of the 6 full-page plates captioned on verso, publisher's printed description and morocco gilt-decorated bookmark, all together in original metal-hinged presentation box lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration, 2004; and the cloth-bound edition of the same, limited to 200 copies, similarly presented, preserved in publisher's original card drop-back boxes with printed label reiterating the limitation, books 16mo (2)

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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin,

Lot 46: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, first edition, art fabric deluxe issue, 27 colour plates and title vignette by the author, colour pictorial double-page endpapers, some minor marginal marking, 2 plates with vertical crease, original floral-patterned cloth with white buckram onlays ruled and lettered in gilt, darkened and slightly creased at spine, rubbed at corner-tips, [Linder pp. 138-140; Quinby 5a; Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick p.114; V&A 1653], 16mo, Warne, 1903. ***One of two titles to be bound for a deluxe edition in art fabric from Beatrix Potter's grandfather's printworks at Manchester..

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Lot 47: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, early reprint, 27 colour plates and title vignette by the author, colour pictorial double-page endpapers, original blue boards lettered in white with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, sunned at spine and lower edge slightly, original glassine dust-jacket, badly torn with slight loss to upper fore-corner of upper panel and head of spine, 16mo, Warne, [c. September 1904]. ***Advertisements on the dust-jacket include The Tale of Two Bad Mice (first published September 1904) and various other Warne titles to be ready for late September/early October..

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Lot 48: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, early deluxe edition, 27 colour plates, title vignette and colour pictorial endpapers by the author, some minor marking, original teal cloth with circular inset colour illustration and decorated in gilt to design by the author, g.e., rubbed at corners, otherwise a very good copy, housed in modern cloth drop-back box with bookplate mounted inside, [Linder 423], 16mo, Warne, [c.1909]. ***From the Library of Winifred Warne, niece to Norman Warne, and whose doll's house had been used as the model for the one featured in The Tale of Two Bad Mice, in which she was also the dedicatee..

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Lot 49: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, Centenary Edition, number 74 of 100 copies numbered in hand on front free endpaper, full-page colour illustrations, patterned endpapers, original white calf, lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, g.e., with printed booklet The History of The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 1903-2003 in stapled pictorial wrappers, a separate suite of the 6 full-page plates captioned on verso, publisher's printed description and morocco gilt-decorated bookmark, all together in original metal-hinged presentation box lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration, preserved in publisher's original card drop-back box with printed label reiterating the limitation, book 16mo, 2003.

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Lot 50: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin,

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Description: Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, Centenary Edition, number 75 of 100 copies numbered in hand on front free endpaper, full-page colour illustrations, patterned endpapers, original white calf, lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration on upper cover, g.e., with printed booklet The History of The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 1903-2003 in stapled pictorial wrappers, a separate suite of the 6 full-page plates captioned on verso, publisher's printed description and morocco gilt-decorated bookmark, all together in original metal-hinged presentation box lettered and blocked in gilt & silver with mounted colour illustration, 2003; and the cloth-bound edition limited to 500 copies, similarly presented; preserved in publisher's original card drop-back box with printed label reiterating the limitation, books 16mo (2)

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