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Beatrix Potter first editions

 

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  1. Early editions; 12 volumes in all, 12mo (142 x 107 mm); each with half-title, frontispiece and 26 further illustrations printed in colour, each 85pp.; original pictorial boards and endpapers; comprising:
    i. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. One plate with neatly repaired closed tear at upper margin, otherwise clean; dark brown boards, very good;
    ii. The Tailor of Gloucester. Internally clean; grey-blue boards, very good;
    iii. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin. Internally clean; grey-blue boards, spine very slightly sunned, otherwise very good;
    iv. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. A few slight stains, otherwise clean; grey boards, spine slightly soiled, otherwise very good;
    v. The Tale of Two Bad Mice. Internally clean; red boards, spine slightly soiled with upper hinge starting to crack, otherwise very good;
    vi. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. Slight splitting between two gatherings, internally clean; brown boards, extremities slightly bumped, otherwise very good;
    vii. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher. Internally clean; light red boards, slight dampstaining to boards, spine slightly sunned, otherwise very good;
    viii. The Tale of Tom Kitten. Internally clean; brown boards, foot of spine very slightly frayed, otherwise very good;
    ix. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Internally clean; brown boards, very good;
    x. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. Internally clean; brown boards, spine and boards slightly sunned, otherwise very good;
    xi. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse. Internally clean; blue boards, boards slightly soiled, otherwise good;
    xii. The Tale of Tommy Tiptoes. Internally clean; dark green boards, extremities slightly rubbed, otherwise very good

    £5,000
  2. 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.

    £2,500
  3. Facsimile manuscript, number 474 of a limited edition of 500 copies; 12mo (154 x 91 mm, 6 x 3½ in); 8 colour illustrations tipped-in, 2 black-and-white illustrations tipped-in; gilt-ruled straight-grained dark green morocco, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, slipcase with gilt-stamped design to upper board, near-mint condition.

    £150
  4. First edition, first or second printing, deluxe issue; 16mo; 27 colour plates, plain title vignette and colour pictorial endpapers by Beatrix Potter, 2 plates with superficial loss due to adhesion to facing pages, frontispiece lightly touched up to blank recto where cracking slightly, red run from cloth affecting fore-edge and lower fore-corner of most ff., with further impact to preliminary leaves, some other light soiling and finger-marking; publisher's lilac cloth with decorative gilt to design by Beatrix Potter, with inset colour illustration to upper cover, recased with hinges reinforced internally, some damp mottling and rubbing, presented in later cloth solander box.

    £750
  5. First edition, deluxe issue, third printing; 16mo; 27 colour plates, plain title vignette and colour pictorial endpapers by Beatrix Potter, small ink name to front free endpaper, overall internally very good; publisher's russet cloth with decorative gilt to design by Beatrix Potter, with inset colour illustration to upper cover, a little rubbing to corner-tips with fore-corners turning in ever so slightly, but overall an unusually good example, gilt edges.

    £1,350
  6. First edition, first issue, [one of 500 copies]; 16mo; 16 colour plates by the author, one plate with pencil initials or flourish beneath, internally excellent, original pink boards lettered and illustrated in black with rounded spine, a superb copy.

    £6,000
  7. First edition thus, number XXI of XXV hors commerce copies, from an overall limitation of 250 copies; 16mo; comprising printed introductory booklet signed & numbered in pencil by 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, a fine copy.

    £1,150
  8. First trade edition, first issue with date on title-page and a single-page endpaper repeated four times; 16mo; 27 full-page colour illustrations, title vignette and pictorial endpapers by the author; publisher's dark green boards with inset colour illustration, presented in later cloth solander box.

    £1,900
  9. First edition, one of 100 numbered copies; 16mo (138 x 108 mm.); usual light browning to free endpapers; publisher's green cloth, dust-jacket, an excellent copy.

    £450
  10. First Edition. 16mo, 94 pp., title vignette, 15 colour plates and numerous black and white vignettes within text, modern full tan morocco, gilt, original pictorial pastedown to upper cover, green lettering piece to spine, original pictorial endpapers and all edges gilt; small mark to lower outside corner of p.7 otherwise internally very good indeed.

    £575
 

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