Christmas Musings 2018: Hatchards Editions of The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Following on from the success of our limited edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit last year, we have reissued the next two Tales in collectible matching bindings with handwritten text and delightful endpapers.

THE TALE OF SQUIRREL NUTKIN
Not a good advertisement for red squirrels, Nutkin is excessively impertinent and eventually is taught a sharp lesson by Old Brown the owl. The story first appeared in a series of picture letters by Beatrix Potter and this edition includes an extract from one of these letters. Each book is hand-numbered, with gilt edges, a ribbon marker and enchanting patterned endpapers.
£9.99 Hardback, limited edition of 1,500

THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER
This was Beatrix Potter’s favourite among all her books and is based on a true story; the mice, in reality, were the kindly assistants of the tailor. This edition includes a full-colour illustration by Beatrix Potter, called The Day News, which she adapted for the cover of The Tailor of Gloucester. As with the previous, each book is hand-numbered, with gilt edges, a ribbon marker and enchanting patterned endpapers.
£9.99 Hardback, limited edition of 1,500

THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
For those of you who missed the first edition, we have now published matching, un-numbered copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The first edition of this book was very different to the one we know now; handwritten with black-and-white line drawings and a colour frontispiece, it was produced primarily for Beatrix Potter’s friends and family. Hatchards was one of the few bookshops to sell it.
£9.99 Hardback

To order any of these books please email books@hatchards.co.uk, telephone (020 7439 9921) or, better still, visit the shop this festive season. From now until December 23rd, we are open from Mondays to Saturdays 9am to 9pm and 12.30pm to 6.30pm on Sundays. On Christmas Eve, we shall be open 9am to 6pm. We look forward to seeing you.

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