POTTER, BEATRIX. 1866-1943. 2 titles:

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Lot 238
POTTER, BEATRIX. 1866-1943.
2 titles:

US$ 800 - 1,200
£ 610 - 910

Fine Books and Manuscripts

13 Jun 2019, 13:00 EDT

New York

POTTER, BEATRIX. 1866-1943.
2 titles:
1. Comical Customers: At the New Stores of Comical Rhymes and Pictures. London: Ernest Nister, [1894].
4to (252 x 197 mm). Mounted chromolithograph frontispiece, illustrated throughout including 9 line drawings by Potter for "A Frog He Would A Fishing Go," and full page Potter drawing "What Shall We Buy" (signed "Nister"). Cloth backed chromolithographed paper boards, recased, some staining to upper cover, endpapers repaired, tape repair to fore-edge of front fly, and half-title, wear to covers, housed in custom cloth clamshell box with pictorial paste-on cover.
Provenance: "Day" (contemporary ownership inscription from "Aunt Soph and Dot's Love").
2. Changing Pictures: A Book of Transformation Pictures. London: Ernest Nister, [1893].
4to (240 x 192 mm). 6 full-page chromolithographed moving pictures operated by single tabs. Original cloth-backed chromolithographed boards, upper cover with a rabbit illustration by Beatrix Potter, recased, gutters repaired, modern tabs, some chipping to endpapers, housed in custom cloth box, with pictorial label to cover.
Provenance: "Gladys" (contemporary gift inscription from Pearl and Harold).

TWO EARLY AND SCARCE POTTER APPEARANCES in Nister publications. The illustrations for "Frog" had been created the year before in a letter to Eric Moore, and though Potter hoped to have the entire concept published, Nister would only agree to publish the drawings across 3 pages with an accompanying text by Clifton Bingham. Potter's entire concept would appear in 1906 with The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher.
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