POTTER, BEATRIX. 1866-1943. Weatherly, Frederic E. A Happy Pair. London: Hildesheimer & Faulkner, and New York: Geo. C. Whitney, [1890].

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POTTER, BEATRIX. 1866-1943.
Weatherly, Frederic E.
A Happy Pair. London: Hildesheimer & Faulkner, and New York: Geo. C. Whitney, [1890].

Sold for US$ 10,075 inc. premium

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13 Jun 2019, 13:00 EDT

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POTTER, BEATRIX. 1866-1943.
Weatherly, Frederic E. A Happy Pair. London: Hildesheimer & Faulkner, and New York: Geo. C. Whitney, [1890].
16mo (120 x 101 mm). Chromolithograph title, and 6 chromolithographed illustrations by Potter (signed HPB). Original pictorial stiff wrappers (cover image identical to third illustration in text, lower cover image signed "H.I.M."), bound with gold silk cord and tassels, gilt edges, minor foxing to the covers.

THE FIRST COMMERCIAL APPEARANCE OF POTTER'S ARTWORK, AND HER FIRST BOOK. The illustrations are signed with her initials, H.B.P., and she is credited on the front wrapper as "Illustrated by H.B.P." The text was written by Victorian song lyricist Frederic Weatherly, best known for the ballad Danny Boy, and the popular song, Londonderry Air. Very few of this first and only edition were published, and fewer survive. A beautiful copy of a Potter rarity often found, as one would expect, in less than desirable condition. Aside from some light foxing to the covers, this copy is bright and wonderfully preserved.
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