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POTTER, Beatrix.

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

First Edition

Stock Code
103236
London, Frederick Warne and Co., 1905
£1,300

In creating Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Potter used the dual inspiration of her own pet hedgehog of the same name and a Scottish washerwoman named Kitty MacDonald with whom she was acquainted. Potter's description of Kitty MacDonald in her journal indicates how closely the character appears to have been modelled on her: 'Kitty is eighty-three but waken and, delightfully merry... She is a comical, round little woman, as brown as a berry and wears a multitude of petticoats and a white mutch.' Sadly, shortly after the publication of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the author's pet hedgehog began to sicken and was laid to rest in the garden of the Potter family home in Kensington.

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Description

First Edition, first or second printing with date on title and 'How Keld' on p.20; 16mo, (5 1/2 x 4 ins, 140 x 100 mm), colour frontispiece, plain title vignette and 26 colour plates; publisher's brown boards with mounted colour illustration, pictorial endpapers, rear cover with minor abrasion and a few light scratches, otherwise an exceptionally, clean, bright copy.

Bibliography

Quinby 8; Linder, p. 425.

Stock ID:103236

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