Printed Books, Maps and Works on Paper | 11 July 2013
Potter (Beatrix) - The Fairy Caravan,
The Fairy Caravan,
first edition, number 72 of 100 copies signed by the author, limitation and signature on thin parchment leaf, 6 colour plates, plain vignettes and full-page illustrations by the author, subtle ?repair to front free endpapers at gutter, original cloth, mounted colour illustration on upper cover, lettered in gilt on spine, a fine copy, dust-jacket, rubbed at upper fore-corners and head of spine with minor loss, 2 small closed tears, overall very good, housed in green cloth drop-back box with morocco spine label, [Linder pp.292-305], small 4to, Philadelphia, David McKay, 1929.
⁂ The extremely scarce autographed edition .
Convinced by the Philadelphia publisher Alexander McKay that she should publish another book, Beatrix Potter decided to target the American market only with this work, worried that the stories involved were too personal or too local to the Lake District for the British public. However, in order to secure copyright 100 copies were produced with the first 9 leaves printed in Ambleside under the name Beatrix Heelis and without the preface written especially for her American readers.
Alongside the American trade edition, a run of 100 copies were produced separately for her American friends and as gifts to be distributed at the discretion of the publisher, each with a sheet signed by the author, and this is one of those; only two copies (numbers 11 & 97) have been found at auction in the last 25 years, neither of which had the dust-jacket.
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