New York, East
16 April 1997
[POTTER, BEATRIX, illustrator]. Comical Customers at the New Stores of Comical Rhymes and Stories. London: Ernest Nister, n.d. [circa 1894]. Mounted color frontispiece and numerous black and white illustrations by several artists including Louis Wain and Beatrix Potter. 4to, original cloth-backed glazed pictorial boards, minor wear to extremities; slight marginal browning. Scarce.
Beatrix Potter contributed nine drawings (of ten) for a set of verses for "A Frog He Would a-Fishing Go," by C[lifton] B[ingham]. Nisters prepared the tenth drawing themselves for the picture of a frog holding a fishing-rod which had the fishing-line spread across the top of the page, shaped to form the letters of the title. Potter's nine drawings were each signed with her initials "H.B.P." They were inspired by a picture letter she had written the previous year to Eric Moore--a letter about a frog called Mr. Jeremy Fisher and who, in 1906, made his appearance in "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher."
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