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POTTER, Beatrix.

The Tale of Tom Kitten.

Stock Code
104340
London, Frederick Warne and Co., 1907
£750

A near-fine first edition copy of The Tale of Tom Kitten, one of the author's most well-known titles, a study in manners and children's intuitive abhorrence of such things perhaps. Potter began work on Tom Kitten in the summer of 1906, using the gardens and Hill Top as the backdrop. She wrote her publisher Harold Warne: 'I have not quite finished the Kitten, it is an exasperating model; and I always find it difficult to settle to work in the country. I hope I have not been inconveniently long about it.' Despite this exasperation the character remains one of her most enduring, and saw spin-off painting and music books, as well as a wide range of other merchandising.

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Description

First edition, first, second or third printing; 16mo; 27 colour plates, plain title vignette and colour pictorial endpapers all by Beatrix Potter; publisher's grey boards blocked in white with inset colour illustration to upper cover, contemporary (1907) gift inscription to verso of front free endpaper, slight fading to spine, otherwise near-fine

Bibliography

Linder p.427; Quinby 13

Stock ID:104340

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