POTTER, (HELEN) BEATRIX. 1866-1943.  The Tailor of Gloucester.  [London: Strangeways & Sons], December, 1902.

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POTTER, (HELEN) BEATRIX. 1866-1943.
The Tailor of Gloucester. [London: Strangeways & Sons], December, 1902.

US$ 3,000 - 4,000
£ 2,500 - 3,300
POTTER, (HELEN) BEATRIX. 1866-1943.
POTTER, (HELEN) BEATRIX. 1866-1943. The Tailor of Gloucester. [London: Strangeways & Sons], December, 1902.
12mo. 16 color plates. Original pink boards pictorially stamped in black, some soiling of covers, small crack on front, endpapers mildly foxed, a very good copy.

FIRST EDITION, PRIVATELY PRINTED, in an edition of only 500 copies. This is Beatrix Potter's first book after The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902); and like its predecessor, it was issued in a small privately printed edition before Frederick Warne & Co. put out a trade edition in October 1903. Potter said The Tailor of Gloucester was her personal favorite of all her books and always preferred the earlier printing. The story was based on a legend about a real tailor that she first heard in the home of a cousin in Gloucester in 1897. She sketched the actual locations of the tale for her illustrations. Osborne I, 379; Linder 420; Quinby 3.
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