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Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first trade edition, first, second or third printing with "wept big tears" on p.51, colour frontispiece, plain title vignette and 30 colour plates, floral endpapers, some pulling but generally holding firm, original brown boards with mounted colour illustration (a little spotted), spine chipped at head, split to head of upper joint, corners a little bumped, some light rubbing and marking, still a very good copy overall, [Linder p.421; Quinby 2], 16mo, [October, 1902].

⁂ Following the popularity of the privately printed edition, the original illustrations for Peter Rabbit, accompanied by a versified version of the story (courtesy of the Potter family friend Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley) were send again to F.Warne & Co. The firm were uninterested in the verse but were now interested in publishing the book with the original text if it could be accompanied by colour illustrations. Potter again resisted the addition of colour, preferring the clean line drawings of the original, but was eventually persuaded otherwise and began sending new colour illustrations for approval. A contract was agreed for an initial publication of 5,000 copies, but this soon proved inadequate and by the end of the year there were 28,000 copies in print.

Full Lot Details

Potter (Beatrix) The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first trade edition, first, second or third printing with "wept big tears" on p.51, colour frontispiece, plain title vignette and 30 colour plates, floral endpapers, some pulling but generally holding firm, original brown boards with mounted colour illustration (a little spotted), spine chipped at head, split to head of upper joint, corners a little bumped, some light rubbing and marking, still a very good copy overall, [Linder p.421; Quinby 2], 16mo, [October, 1902].

⁂ Following the popularity of the privately printed edition, the original illustrations for Peter Rabbit, accompanied by a versified version of the story (courtesy of the Potter family friend Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley) were send again to F.Warne & Co. The firm were uninterested in the verse but were now interested in publishing the book with the original text if it could be accompanied by colour illustrations. Potter again resisted the addition of colour, preferring the clean line drawings of the original, but was eventually persuaded otherwise and began sending new colour illustrations for approval. A contract was agreed for an initial publication of 5,000 copies, but this soon proved inadequate and by the end of the year there were 28,000 copies in print.