Lot 420

Lot 420

Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
first edition, 2nd printing (one of 200 copies), February 1902
with colour frontis piece and forty-one line illustrations, 140 x 110mm, rounded spine, original olive green cover, the inside back cover with N.U.W.Ss (National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies) Scottish Women’s Hospitals, 1914 book plate, printed by Strangeways, London

with handwritten note by Beatrix Potter, on front page reading
Whilst strenuously denying that my name is in anyway “distinguished” I believe it is familiar amongst the children of many lands. May I hope that some good American will give a good price for this little book?
It is a genuine curiosity, one of 500 privately printed copies of Peter Rabbit; which had failed to find a publisher – The first imprint – I think 250 was printed in Dec 1901, and a further 200 (250?) in Feb 1902.
Please buy it somebody, in aid of a noble cause. Beatrix Potter

with further handwritten note on inside front cover
From Beatrix Potter, Oct 11. 1918, In aid of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals

Sold £16,000
Sale 23rd March 2018

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