The Tale of Pigling Bland

POTTER, Beatrix

INSCRIBED ASSOCIATION COPY WITH CORRESPONDENCE INSCRIBED "PETER RABBIT"

POTTER, Beatrix The Tale of Pigling Bland

F. Warne & Co., 1913.

First edition. 12mo. Maroon paper covered boards with lettering in white. Rectangular colour onlay to upper cover. Inscribed by the author on the half title, "To Barbara Buxton/ with love from/ Beatrix Heelis." WITH Two Autograph letters from the author to Barbara Buxton. Pictorial endpapers and fifteen colour illustrations with lots of additional line drawings in the text. A very good copy of the book. Both letters also in very good condition, each in clearly legible black ink, with central crease and occasional spots of foxing.

Literature: One of the letters reproduced in Judy Taylor's Beatrix Potter's Letters.
In November 1913 the newly married Beatrix Potter, now Beatrix Heelis, travelled to London. She obtained a handful of early copies of her new book, The Tale of Pigling Bland in which her knowledge of farming was put to good use. Pig-wig is based on a black Berkshire piglet which Potter had kept as a pet, sleeping in a basket beside her own bed and being fed from a bottle.
This book was sent to Potter's Barbara Buxton friend with the accompanying letter (present here), "I am sending you the new book now instead of waiting to Christmas" over two sides the letter discusses how Potter will be glad to get back to her new marital home and is signed "yours aff. Peter Rabbit, nobody remembers to call me Mrs Heelis."

PROVENANCE; Barbara Buxton; Mary Young Collection, exhibited Grolier Club, New York, 2001/2.

Stock ID: 40220

£12,500.00

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