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Beatrix Potter - The 23 Tales Boxed Set, Inc. Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Etc
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Description

• Title: The Twenty-Three Tales
• Author: Beatrix Potter
• Illustrator: Beatrix Potter
• Publisher: Frederick Warne & Co.
• Date: This collection 1993
• Edition: Reprints
• Format: Hardback, with jackets
• ISBN: n/a
• EAN: n/a
• Dimensions (W x D x H): 22.3 x 11.5 x 14.7cm (8.75 x 4.5 x 5.75")
• Condition: Books and jackets excellent, box fair

Beatrix Potter needs no introduction - she is world famous as the author of numerous children's books which remain as popular today, almost eighty years after her death, as when they were published. What few fans realise is that Potter was also a highly respected natural scientist; the highly detailed drawings she produced during her research are the reason the illustrations she made for her books are so good.

Neither does her most famous creation, the cheeky young rabbit Peter, named after Potter's own childhood pet and the subject of the very first book in her world-famous series known as The 23 Tales. Incidentally, Potter originally published Peter Rabbit privately, with just 250 copies printed. Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, a friend of the Potter family who had written and published 24 books at that time, liked Peter Rabbit but felt it would be better if he set it into verse, and then submitted his version to Warne - but Warne wasn't impressed and asked to see Beatrix's original instead, then published it in 1902 - worldwide sales are comfortably over 40 million, and one wonders how many pet rabbits have been named Peter since then.

Potter went on to write 22 more children's novels in the series, all of them published with her illustrations by Warne, adding numerous characters such as Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Mr. Tod, Jemina Puddle-Duck and the Fierce, Bad Rabbit who have become among the most famous in the history of children's literature; 92 years since the last in the series was published, they remain popular all around the world with children and adults and are among the best-selling books of all time.

This 1993 boxed set contains all 23, republished in the same 11 x 14.4cm illustrated hardback format used right from the first edition of Peter Rabbit (with the exception of Mr. Tod and Pigling Bland, which were published in a new format Potter hated and which was soon abandoned). All of the books are in excellent condition, though some of the jackets are very slightly creased around the edges; the covers beneath are unmarked, the spines are sound and solid and the binding is tight so that there are no loose or missing pages. The box, unfortunately, is in a somewhat poorer state: although in one piece without splits, the sides have been damaged most likely by lack of care when adhesive tape was removed and which has entirely ruined the illustrations either side. The top, back and base, and their illustrations, are in much better order.

• Books: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Two Bad Mice; The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, The Story of Miss Moppet, The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, The Tale of Ginger and Pickle, The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse, The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes, The Tale of Mr. Tod, The Tale of Pigling Bland, Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes, The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse, Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes, The Tale of Little Pig Robinson

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