Philadelphia [and Ambleside]: Privately Printed, 1929. 4° (225 x 175mm). Half title, coloured frontispiece, 5 coloured plates and illustrations by Beatrix Potter, many full-page. Original printed green paper boards backed in darker green cloth, partly unopened, uncut (corners of spine very lightly rubbed, very faint scuff marks to upper cover). A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST AND PRIVATELY-PRINTED EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES with the first 9 leaves printed at Ambleside." /> POTTER, Beatrix (1866-1943). <I>The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Heelis ("Beatrix Potter"). Copyright of the Author.</I> Philadelphia [and Ambleside]: Privately Printed, 1929. 4° (225 x 175mm). Half title, coloured frontispiece, 5 coloured plates and illustrations by Beatrix Potter, many full-page. Original printed green paper boards backed in darker green cloth, partly unopened, uncut (corners of spine very lightly rubbed, very faint scuff marks to upper cover). A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST AND PRIVATELY-PRINTED EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES with the first 9 leaves printed at Ambleside. | Christie's
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    2 June 2008, London, South Kensington

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    POTTER, Beatrix (1866-1943). The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Heelis ("Beatrix Potter"). Copyright of the Author. Philadelphia [and Ambleside]: Privately Printed, 1929. 4° (225 x 175mm). Half title, coloured frontispiece, 5 coloured plates and illustrations by Beatrix Potter, many full-page. Original printed green paper boards backed in darker green cloth, partly unopened, uncut (corners of spine very lightly rubbed, very faint scuff marks to upper cover). A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST AND PRIVATELY-PRINTED EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES with the first 9 leaves printed at Ambleside.

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    POTTER, Beatrix (1866-1943). The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Heelis ("Beatrix Potter"). Copyright of the Author. Philadelphia [and Ambleside]: Privately Printed, 1929. 4° (225 x 175mm). Half title, coloured frontispiece, 5 coloured plates and illustrations by Beatrix Potter, many full-page. Original printed green paper boards backed in darker green cloth, partly unopened, uncut (corners of spine very lightly rubbed, very faint scuff marks to upper cover). A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST AND PRIVATELY-PRINTED EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES with the first 9 leaves printed at Ambleside.

    The Fairy Caravan was first published by Alexander McKay in Philadelphia since Beatrix Potter did not wish for an English edition: she felt that the stories were too personal and autobiographical. However, in order to preserve the British copyright for the work, she ordered 100 copies of the first 9 leaves to be printed at Ambleside by George Middleton, a local printer. These were sent to America and bound into the 100 copies which constitute the present privately-printed edition. Linder pp.292-305 (giving a full account of the book's complicated publishing history); Quinby 29: "I have been unable to get any definite information on the curious make-up of this book, with the two different kinds of paper, or as to the priority of the English or American edition."


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