14 December 2000
POTTER, Beatrix. The Fairy Caravan. By Beatrix [Potter] Heelis. [Ambleside and Philadelphia:] Copyright of the Author, 1929.
8 (227 x 172 mm). 6 color plates, numerous other full-page and text illustrations. Original cloth-backed lettered green paper boards, uncut (extremities slightly rubbed and bumped).
ENGLISH COPYRIGHT EDITION, limted to 100 copies, this copy not numbered or signed may be one of the few copies stated to have been sold over the counter. Pages -18 are printed on laid paper watermarked "Abbey Mills Greenfield" surmounted with a crown and not part of the pagination.
In order to secure copyright, the author had 100 sets of sheets sent over from David McKay in America. She discarded the first eighteen pages including the Preface and Dedication and had a new set with new illustrations printed at Ambleside by George Middleton. These new sheets on laid paper were bound together with the remaining American sheets into cloth-backed boards. To obtain copyright in Great Britain, Potter registered some copies at Stationers' Hall and a few copies were sold over the counter. Others were selectively presented by Potter to her Lake District friends, who would most appreciate the numerous local references. Linder, pp. 292-305 and p. 431; Quinby 29; V & A 1703. RARE.
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