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Potter's book was initially rejected by publishers, who were looking for color illustrations. Resisting that idea, Potter paid for copies to be printed at her own expense, which she distributed to family and friends in and shortly needed to print another copies. Showing best matches Show all copies.
Potter had an isolated childhood, separate from other children, and educated by governesses. However, her numerous pets and holidays in the Lake District, culminated in a love of landscape, flora and fauna. These became the subjects of her paintings, and literary works. Although prevented from higher education by society's attitudes to women at the time, Potter's study and watercolors of fungi led to her being widely respected in the field of mycology. She also had a successful career in farming and breeding, based in Hill Top Farm in a village in the Lake District.
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Quintessentially English, the immediately recognizable work of Beatrix Potter has delighted children for more than a century. Her own childhood was spent reading Grimms' Fairy Tales, Br'er Rabbit and Aesop's fables, influences that are very clear in her work. Her stories all revolve around animals, with human characteristics, involved in situations that are true to life and occasionally cruel.
To make up for the lack of company she began to sketch and make up stories about her pet rabbits and her parents seeing her talent paid for art lessons. The Warnes did not have much hope it would sell many copies; they actually gave the project to their youngest brother, Norman, as a kind of test for his first project. However, Norman proved to be a good choice. He warmed to both the book and Beatrix. He was determined to make a success of the book and developed a good working relationship with Beatrix as they pored over the individual details of the book. It was Norman who insisted that the plates for the Warne editions of Peter Rabbit would still be in colour. Beatrix insisted that the book remain small, so that it would be easy for children to hold.
We are specialists in the works of Beatrix Potter. Please scroll down to see our current stock of her first editions, signed copies and original paintings. Noel was the son of her old governess and had been unwell. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was born. Noel was so delighted with the letter that Beatrix decided to develop it into a little book. She sent her manuscript to many publishers to no avail and therefore resolved to have the book printed herself. By December she had copies of her book to sell or distribute to friends.