Books, manuscripts & ephemera

Books, manuscripts & ephemera

Research is invaluable for the sale of books and ephemera and Bea's passion for this shines through.  The story enlivens the item and gives it substance and character, essential to the successful auction of books and ephemera.  The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse, 1910, 1st Ed, presentation copy, to a Miss Martin from the author's father Rupert Potter:  Research uncovered that this copy never left Birnam near Dunkeld where Miss Martin lived and where the Potter family holidayed at  Eastwood House.  It has been suggested that the Laird of Eastwood House, Atholl McGregor, was the inspiration for Mr McGregor and that his garden at Eastwood House was where he encountered his nemesis, the now famous, Peter Rabbit.  It was here too, at Eastwood House, that Potter penned the famous picture letters that would become the Tale of Peter Rabbit and the Tale of Jeremy Fisher.  This type of substantiating information greatly enhances the appeal at auction. (Sold for £620)

 

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