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Beatrix Potter lots likely to attract strong interest during 150th anniversary year

2016 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, so we are really pleased to have two fantastic lots coming up in the October Fine Arts auction (3rd & 4th October) that chart some of her local connections and her publishing history.

The first lot is a signed letter from 1929 to Miss Roberts of Kendal Bookseller, Henry Roberts outlining the reasons why she had chosen to publish The Fairy Caravan in the America only: "It is so personal that I did not want it to get about on sale". The letter is signed Beatrix Heelis and addressed Castle Cottage, Sawry, Ambleside. The letter is accompanied by a First Edition of The Fairy Caravan (David McKay Company, Washington Square, Philadelphia). The letter was sold by us (then Kendal Auction Rooms) to the current vendor in 2003 and that bill of sale is still with it. Estimate - £1,500 - £2,000

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The second lot is a signed copy of The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse with a dedication: For Robin Crossley from Mrs Heelis (Beatrix Potter), Hilltop Farm, Sawrey, September 1923. With a further note 'In remembrance of Tom Kitten's house'. The book was sold at auction by us (then Kendal Auction Rooms) in 2003 having come from a household in Windermere connected to Beatrix Potter's housekeeper, who features in the illustration on page 20.The bill of sale from that purchase also remains with the book. 
Estimate - £1,500 - £2,000

Saturday, 20th of August 2016

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