The exclusive Folio collection of The Tales of Beatrix Potter celebrates the work of this remarkable artist. Here, you will find disobedient Tom Kitten narrowly escaping the clutches of fat and frightening Samuel Whiskers, his wife and their appetite for kitten dumpling; fastidious Mrs Tittlemouse, forever cleaning up after the succession of unwanted visitors to her tidy home; and the Fierce Bad Rabbit who steals the good rabbit’s carrot, but gets his comeuppance when he loses his tail and whiskers to the hunter’s shot.
For first–time readers or long–time fans, Beatrix Potter’s stories offer fresh delights, every time you open a ‘little book’.
The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit
The tale of Tom Kitten
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
The Tale of Mr. Tod
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes
The Tale of Jonny Town-Mouse
Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson
Artist, author and conservationist, Beatrix Potter was a woman of prodigious and varied talents. Her love of landscape, and of the flora and fauna she had observed since childhood, came through in her beautifully detailed, evocative drawings. In her thirties, discouraged from pursuing a career in science, she published her first book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Forty million copies of that book alone have been sold since 1902 – and its success led her to compose and illustrate a total of 23 'little books', all of which are now included in this exquisite collection.
Beatrix Potter’s exquisite watercolours were the result of hard work – she learned to paint so well because of her knowledge of anatomy and the natural sciences and from years of studying alone. Observing real animals to create her memorable characters, she preferred to draw from life where possible and making dozens of studies and sketches to makes sure every image was perfect: Mr Drake Puddleduck waddling along the road in Tom Kitten’s clothes; the little squirrels Goody and Timmy Tiptoes tying up their bag of nuts; Mr Tod and Tommy Brock grappling amongst the broken crockery. The images remain with us long after we have read the books.
The books in this Folio collection capture the spirit of the originals – from the blind-blocked impression on the cover that holds the specially shaped labels, to the gilding on the top edge of each book. The results in each distinctive volume are beautiful.