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POTTER, Beatrix.

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

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London, Frederick Warne, 1908

Inscribed on the front free endpaper 'Mary Mackenzie from Mrs. Stanford Harris, Rydal Cottage, August 1912' and with six stanzas of verse by Annie Harris née Armitt on the front free endpaper and rear endpapers, beginning 'In memory of Rydal Where Mary lived awhile ...', initialled 'A.M.H' on both pastedowns; the half-title additionally inscribed 'I think Jemima Puddle Was a very foolish duck; She made a wretched muddle, And scarce deserved her luck. A.M.H.'

Annie Maria Armitt (1850-1933), one of three gifted and well-educated sisters, was a novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist. Unusually for the time Mr Armitt wanted to give his talented daughters a first class education, but in 1867 this plan went awry when their father died suddenly leaving the trio facing severe financial difficulties. Undaunted however, together they opened a school in Eccles, Lancashire, which thrived, allowing them to travel and continue their own studies.

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16mo; inscribed on half-title and front and rear endpapers by Annie Maria Harris née Armitt; colour illustrations throughout, one leaf with vertical crease to right-hand side; publisher's green boards with inset rectangular panel to upper cover, pictorial endpapers, front free endpaper rubbed with slight surface loss to fore-margin, spine faded.


For the first edition of 1908 see Linder, p.427; Quinby 14.

Stock ID:106905

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