Beatrix Potter Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Beatrix Potter Rare Books And Memorabilia

Beatrix Potter Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the English children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.

 

Brief history/biography

Helen Beatrix Potter was born on July 28th, 1866 and died on December 22nd, 1943, and is best known for being the English author/illustrator who penned the popular children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902).

Some of the other notable publications Potter penned include The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904), The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905), and Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (1917), to name a few.

Types of Beatrix Potter Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

  • Sotheby's in London sold a first edition copy of The Rabbits' Christmas Party: The Arrival for £121,250 in July of 2008.

  • Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold Potter's personal copy and first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) which was also signed by Potter for $80,000 in December of 2009.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A privately printed copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901) along with 41 illustrations by Potter for $79,500 in April of 1997.
  • Another private printed copy of the same title along with 41 illustrations by Potter for $82,250 in December of 2000.
  • Another privately printed copy of the same title along with illustrations by Potter for $43,700 in June of 1999.
  • Another privately printed edition of the same title for $54,050 in December of 1993.
  • Another privately printed copy of the same title for $95,600 in December of 2004.
  • The second privately printed edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) for $27,600 in June of 1999.

  • Christie's in London sold a first edition copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) for £47,800 in November of 2004, and a privately printed presentation copy of the same title for £28,600 in December of 1993.

Artwork

  • Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold the original illustrations to the "This Pig Went to Market" nursery rhyme (circa 1890) for $85,000 in December of 2007.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • Potter's illustrations for A Happy Pair (1890) for $63,000 in April of 1997.
  • A lithographed title page of the same title along with illustrations by Potter for $34,500 in December of 1998.
  • Illustrations drawn by Potter for Our Dear Relations (circa 1892) along with illustrations drawn by A.L. West for the same title for $25,300 in April of 1997.
  • An illustration drawn by Potter titled "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" along with a first edition copy of Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes for $108,000 in December of 2006.

Christie's in London sold:

  • Potter's illustration of "Benjamin Bunny" for £29,875 in December of 2004.
  • Another copy of the same illustration for £30,375 in December of 1995.
  • Illustrations to The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny for £22,000 in December of 1994.

  • Sotheby's in London sold Potter's illustration of "Three Rabbits Eating Plenty of Buns" for £42,050 in July of 2008.

Documents

  • Christie's in New York sold four miniature animal letters to Kitty Hadfield written and signed by Potter (circa 1910) for $43,700 in December of 1999.

Jewellery

  • Christie's in New York sold a set of six Beatrix Potter character brooches for $20,000 in October of 2009.

Guide for collectors

Privately printed copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit which were printed in 1901 are considered to be the most rare and valuable. Original illustrations drawn by Potter and first edition copies of her books are also considered to be valuable, as well memorabilia that was once signed by Potter.

For more information regarding where to find Beatrix Potter memorabilia, visit beatrix-potter.your-collection.com, www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk, www.peterrabbit.com, www.hop-skip-jump.com or www.tailor-of-gloucester.org.uk.

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