Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

Auction: Beatrix Potter: Books and Works on Paper

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will hold an auction dedicated to Beatrix Potter and in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of her birth. The auction will take place on her birthday, 28 July 2016. The John Cawood Collection of Beatrix Potter forms a large share of the lots on offer and comprises nearly 100 pieces including First Editions and Works on Paper amassed by the collector since 1972. John Cawood is a resident of The Lake District and prominent member of the Beatrix Potter Society who developed a passion for Beatrix Potter’s tales as a child. Estimates for the collection range from £250 to £35,000.

Headlining the sale is a first edition of Beatrix Potter’s iconic work, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This version is a first issue and one of only 250 copies ever made. It has a colour frontispiece and 41 full-page line drawings by the author as well as the original grey-green boards lettered and illustrated in black. This is an exceptional example of the true first printing of one of the most important children’s books of the twentieth century and was privately printed at the behest of the author by Strangeways in December, 1901 (est: £25,000-35,000). Originally conceived by Beatrix Potter as a picture letter and sent to her former governess’ eldest son Noël in 1893, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was to become one of the pre-eminent children’s books of all time, and firmly established Beatrix Potter as a popular author and illustrator.

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