Folio Society publishes a limited edition of “Peter Rabbit”
London — To mark the 120th anniversary of a story that has delighted countless children, the Folio Society is delighted to release exclusive editions of Beatrix Potter’s inimitable classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Strictly limited to 1,000 hand-numbered sets, these meticulously produced facsimiles perfectly reproduce treasures from the archives of its publisher Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.
Collectors can follow the miniature masterpiece’s emergence from the seeds of history in an illustrated letter written to entertain a sick child, through Beatrix Potter’s privately printed edition with her distinctive line drawings , down to the hand-written model book — or mockup — in Potter’s Beautiful Script showing exactly how she wanted the words and images to appear. With the commercial deluxe color version first produced in 1902, the transformation was complete. Also inside the elegant presentation box are charming replicas of five tiny Christmas letters, Peter Rabbit’s famous illustrated letter, a giclee print of Peter wearing his signature blue jacket and a hand numbered Certificate of Limitation .
The set is completed by a specially commissioned volume of commentaries including a charming foreword by actress, screenwriter and Beatrix Potter devotee Dame Emma Thompson, and a lavishly illustrated and authoritative history of The tale written by Sara Glenn, Commercial Curator of the Warne Archives.
Beatrix Potter was a self-proclaimed perfectionist, who devoted extraordinary care to every aspect of her books. These same meticulous standards have been applied to the production of this anniversary edition – each illustration has been rephotographed from the originals so that the colors are exactly as she intended. This glorious presentation of Potter’s finest tale is sure to delight even the most ardent fan.