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Potter, Beatrix
THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT. [LONDON: PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR], FEBRUARY 1902
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238
Potter, Beatrix
THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT. [LONDON: PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR], FEBRUARY 1902
Estimate
20,00030,000
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Potter, Beatrix
THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT. [LONDON: PRIVATELY PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR], FEBRUARY 1902
16mo (131 x 104mm.), FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE [ONE OF 200 COPIES], PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ("for J. Squire | from Miss Potter | March 26. 1902") on front free endpaper, frontispiece in colour and 41 full-page black and white illustrations, original olive-green boards with rounded spine, collector's folding box, slight browning to endpapers, occasional light soiling, some loose leaves reinserted, some professional restoration to binding
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Provenance

Christie's, South Kensington, 15 December 1993, lot 101

Catalogue Note

The inscription connects different sides of Beatrix Potter: the author and illustrator was also an amateur mycologist and scientific artist. The botanist J. Squire assisted Potter in her research for her paper 'On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricineae' (presented to the Linnean Society) on 1 April 1897.

In her Journal, Potter noted that on 29 December 1897 she 'went to see J. Squire who was out, to ask him about dry-rot... I was rather taken aback to receive a sample the same evening in a brownpaper parcel. I put it under a foot-path in the garden. How I should catch it, my parents are not devoted to the cause of science... There was a communication form J.S. on ruled paper, not just the questions I wanted. He is an intelligent little man.'

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