Kerlan Features: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter 1901 cover, black imprint of four rabbits on cream book board

Cover of The Tale of Peter Rabbit

By Beatrix Potter, London, Strangeways, 1901

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Written and Illustrated by Beatrix Potter

1901 (First Issue)

4" x 5.35"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

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Anxious to launch her career, Beatrix Potter first self-published The Tale of Peter Rabbit with black and white art. The following year, in response to the strong Christmas-time demand, she arranged for commercial publication, this time with color illustration.

The first book on this page is one of the original self-published editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The second book is from is a first edition of the commerical printing. Doctor Kerlan's note tucked inside the front cover of this copy reads: 

(This copy is from the author's own library which accounts for it's immaculate condition. It has all the "points" of the 1st issue.

  • (a)Flowered end pages
  • (b)31 colored plates
  • (c)Edward Evans name on reverse of title
  • (d)No copyright notice
  • (e)98 pages

The cloth issue is much rarer than the one in board, as fewer were done.)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter 1902 author's edition cover, colored illustration of Peter Rabbit on brown book cloth

Cover of The Tale of Peter Rabbit

By Beatrix Potter,  Frederick Warne, 1902

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Written and Illustrated by Beatrix Potter

Fredrick Warne, 1902

4.3" x 5.6"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

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