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BEATRIX POTTER’S FIRST BOOK 69. [POTTER, Beatrix] H.B.P A HAPPY PAIR Verses by F. E. Weatherley Hildesheimer & Faulkner, . First edition. Original folded card covers illustrated in colour by Potter, enclosing seven card leaves tied at the spine with the original silk tasselled tie. The first work to contain illustrations by Beatrix Potter, preced - ing The Tale of Peter Rabbit by some eleven years, and of leg - endary scarcity. £30,000 INSCRIBED ASSOCIATION COPY WITH CORRESPOND- ENCE SIGNED “PETER RABBIT” 70. POTTER, Beatrix THE TALE OF PIGLING BLAND With Two Autograph letters to Ruxton F. Warne & Co., 1913. First edition. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed by the au- thor on the half title, “For Barbara Ruxton/ with love from/ Beatrix Heelis.” Barbara Ruxton, the daughter of a Newcastle doctor, first met Beatrix Potter in August 1911 at the age of 12, when her family were holidaying with cousins in the Lake district and were invited for tea at Hill Top. The two letters accompanying this book are among the very fewwhich survive the months immediately following her mar - riage. In November, she writes from Bolton Gardens enclosing the inscribed Pigling Bland. The letter is signed “Peter Rab- bit”, a moniker occasionally used when writing to children, but usually only in her ‘miniature letters’. After Christmas, Potter writes again, thanking Barbara for a basket she appears to have woven and sent to Potter as a Christmas gift. Pigling Bland was written and published at a pivotal and busy time in Potter’s life. Besides Potter’s own marked up dummy, only one other copy (inscribed to Potter’s cousin, sold 1999) has appeared at auction in the last 50 years. £13,500
SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
POTTER, Beatrix CECILY PARSLEY’S NURSERY
RHYMES Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., . First edition. Signed by the author on the half title. The sec - ond of Potter’s nursery rhyme books, this is a sequel to Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes. Signed copies of Beatrix Potter’s books are seldom encountered in such nice condition. £5,000 THE PRIVATELY PUBLISHED AMBLESIDE EDITION 72. [POTTER, Beatrix] HEELIS, Be- atrix THE FAIRY CARAVAN Pri- vately printed, Ambleside, 1929.
First edition, one of 100 copies to be privately printed by the author. A fine copy. Exceptionally clean and crisp. This book, which is of a semi-autobi - ographical nature, was written from Potter’s personal jottings about her beloved Lakeland and its people. £6,000 INSCRIBED BY ANNA SEWELL TO HER COUSINS 73. SEWELL, Anna BLACK BEAU- TY: His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Original Equine Jarrold and Sons, . First edition. Original green cloth with decoration embossed in gilt and black, Carter’s variant B. Au- thor’s presentation copy, inscribed on publication, “Mary and Cathe- rine Sewell from their affectionate cousin, the Author, Christmas 1877.”
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