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    One of the Very Earliest Appearances of a Book Illustration by Beatrix Potter

    [Beatrix Potter]. [Transformation Book]. Changing Pictures. A Book of Transformation Pictures. London: Ernest Nister [and] New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., [n.d., ca. 1893].

    First edition. Quarto (9.25 x 7.5 inches; 236 x 191 mm.). [16] pages. With six full-page slatted chromolithographed transformation pictures, each with the original stiff paper tab to operate the slats. Numerous black and white drawings in the text. "Printed by E. Nister, at Nuremberg (Bavaria)."

    Original glazed chromolithographed pictorial boards with red cloth backstrip (renewed). Floral patterned endpapers. Corners and board edges rubbed, rear hinge neatly repaired, endpapers slightly browned, rear free endpaper lightly chipped at the edges. Text slightly browned, one gathering loose. An excellent copy of this scarce early appearance of a book illustration by Beatrix Potter, preceded only by A Happy Pair, published by Hildesheimer & Faulkner in 1890, with verses by Frederic E. Weatherly.

    Children's poems by G. R. Glasgow and Clifton Bingham and dissolving transformation pictures which change when the tab is pulled. The poems include: "Changing Pictures," "Day Dreams," "Tessa and Jacko," "Kept In," and "Night and Morning." One of the three cover illustrations is by Beatrix Potter. It depicts a rabbit opening the door on a snowy morning to see a gift basket full of carrots and turnips.

    "In 1892 Beatrix Potter had sold a few of her drawings to a firm called Ernest Nister - a German firm of Fine Art Colour Printers who had a London office at 24, St. Bride Street, E. C. In July of that year, when staying at Heath Park, Birnam, near Dunkeld, she had referred to one of these drawings for Nister: 'I was busy in the morning finishing a drawing of a Jackdaw for Nister & Co. for which, by the way, they have not paid.' The jackdaw in question was carrying a set of long-handled brushes and impersonating a sweep. She now [in 1894] wished to offer Nister something more ambitious, and wondered whether her story of Mr. Jeremy Fisher could be made into a booklet" (Linder, p. 175).


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