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16 April 1997
POTTER, BEATRIX. Tale of Peter Rabbit. [London: Strangeways, Printers] February 1902. Colored frontispiece and 41 other illustrations by the author. 16mo, original olive-green lettered boards with rounded back, plain white endpapers, fore-edges lightly foxed (as usual), otherwise a fine copy. SECOND PRIVATELY PRINTED EDITION, one of 200 copies. Quinby 1A; Linder, p. 420; V & A 1624-27.
This is the second issue of Beatrix Potter's privately printed edition--the first having been published in December, 1901. There are two or three changes in the punctuation and a few changes to the text (pp. 51, 57, and 59). A wonderful association copy as it is inscribed by Noël Moore for whom the story was originally written.
Noël Moore, signature and inscription on front free endpaper: "Noël C. Moore The idea of this book originated in a letter written to me by Beatrix Potter. 1893." The letter Moore refers to was written on September 4th 1893 "when five-year old Noel became ill, she sent him a letter all about Peter Rabbit and his adventures in Mr. McGregor's garden"--Linder, p. 4. This picture letter was the origin of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
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