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This is a small selection of Beatrix Potter books, mostly early editions but some firsts. Including The Tale of Tom Kitten pictured, which has an inscription on the end paper for Christmas 1907. The scarcest Potter first edition we have is the story of Miss Moppet, a panorama book which was published in 1906. This is a first issue with London & New York in that order on the rear cover. It’s in pretty good nick but has an inscription on the final page fold and the date has been rubbed off, with a roughly half centimetre diameter loss of the backing paper although the page carrying the text on the other side is preserved. Often the tab on the flap of this envelope style book is damaged but in this case it’s sound. A quite scarce collector’s item. £400
This 1917 edition of A Study in Scarlet includes a note on “Mr Sherlock Holmes by Dr. Joseph Bell” reproduced from The Bookman. The paper is tanned and is slightly reminiscent of the poor quality paper used for John Buchan’s Thirty-Nine Steps when it was published in book form two years earlier in 1915. However that is a desirable collector’s item which sells for hundreds of pounds and our A Study in Scarlet is a period piece but only £15.
Whether you have a soft spot for Bambi or a taste for venison stew this book is a major work about British Deer and their Horns with chapters on extinct deer, red deer, fallow deer and roe deer, with stalking yarns and field notes and lots of illustrations including the residence of Needwood Forrest, Staffordshire, doing the ‘Horn Dance’. Published as an elephant folio by Henry Sotheran and Co, 1897. 1st Edn, XVIII 224 pages, 185 text and full page illustrations mostly by the author, 8 by Sidney Steel, 2 by E. Roe, 10 electro engraved and coloured frontispiece by the author and Sidney Steel, and a series of unpublished sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer. £80