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Rare Beatrix Potter first edition book discovered

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

  • Adrian and Amanda Shearing with their first edition copy of 'The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck' by Beatrix Potter, which they picked up for £1

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A man who bought a box of old novels for £1 found a rare first edition copy of a Beatrix Potter book – worth at least £100.

Adrian Shearing, 50, bought a stack of dusty books at an auction – but when he looked inside found a 105-year-old copy of The Tale Of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

Adrian, of Torrington, North Devon, was rummaging through the box when he came across the illustrated Potter edition published in 1908 – which has been valued at around £100.

He said: "I didn't even know this Beatrix Potter book was there. I did some research and found out it was a first edition. I was so excited. This book is a bit of history, it is gorgeous with fantastic illustrations.

"The book itself is in very good condition, it has general wear. It is more than 100 years old so I expected it to have a bit of wear because it has been read and enjoyed by children.

"There are thousands of Beatrix Potter books around but finding a first edition is special."

Experts say there are a few ways to determine whether a Beatrix Potter book is a first edition. The early books were published by F. Warne and Co, but in the 1920s the name changed to F. Warne and Co Limited.

Former teacher Adrian said: "The date, 1908, is written on the title page in this book.

"When I turn it over it has 1908 on the reverse of the title page as well.

"On the end papers there are drawings of mice and hedgehogs."

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