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The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Hardcover, First Edition
Seller Rating:. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. It is even rarer to find a copy inscribed by the author. The inscription is contemporary - dating to the same month the book was published in December ! Many of Beatrix Potter s first publication were given as gifts to family and friends. Original olive-green boards faded to beige , with flat spine.
Quintessentially English, the immediately recognizable work of Beatrix Potter has delighted children for more than a century. Her own childhood was spent reading Grimms' Fairy Tales, Br'er Rabbit and Aesop's fables, influences that are very clear in her work. Her stories all revolve around animals, with human characteristics, involved in situations that are true to life and occasionally cruel. Inspired by her own love of nature and her rural surroundings, Potter's books started life as letters sent to her friends and family. In publishing her tales, none of her fondness for the animals and countryside is lost; nor is the personal warmth she put into each story.
Potter had an isolated childhood, separate from other children, and educated by governesses. However, her numerous pets and holidays in the Lake District, culminated in a love of landscape, flora and fauna. These became the subjects of her paintings, and literary works. Although prevented from higher education by society's attitudes to women at the time, Potter's study and watercolors of fungi led to her being widely respected in the field of mycology. She also had a successful career in farming and breeding, based in Hill Top Farm in a village in the Lake District. Potter wrote over 30 books, the best known being her 24 children's tales.
We are specialists in the works of Beatrix Potter. Please scroll down to see our current stock of her first editions, signed copies and original paintings. Noel was the son of her old governess and had been unwell. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was born. Noel was so delighted with the letter that Beatrix decided to develop it into a little book. She sent her manuscript to many publishers to no avail and therefore resolved to have the book printed herself.