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Bloomsbury Auctions to auction the Beatrix Potter collection of Mark Ottignon

Bloomsbury Auctions are delighted to announce the Auction of the Beatrix Potter collection of Mark Ottignon, on Wednesday 27th February at 2.00pm precisely.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Est. £20,000-30,000

The collection comprises an extensive selection of first edition books, rare periodical contributions, autograph material, greeting cards, original artwork, photographs, figurines, giftware, crockery, toys and an array of other collectable items, relating to the Peter Rabbit stories & characters as well as to the author directly. Without question it is one the most impressive collections of Beatrix Potter material to come up for auction, with something for all collectors of ‘Potteriana’. The items on the following pages are only a small selection.

Books, Manuscripts, Photographs & Printed Material
The key component of the Mark Ottignon collection is indubitably the books; from the private printings of Peter Rabbit and The Tailor of Gloucester through to modern foreign language editions, via rare Painting Books, Play editions, modern reworkings and expanded illustrated editions, plus Warne’s amazingly realised “centenary editions” with their various limitations and formats, this collection wonderfully represents the whole gamut of Peter Rabbit & co. editions. Beyond Peter, the collection also features various works on the author herself, the Lake District, and the National Trust, including the famous studies by Margaret Lane and Judy Taylor, plus various works on the collecting and identifying of important books, artwork, collectables and ephemera related to Beatrix Potter.

Figurines, Giftware & other Collectables
Mark Ottignon’s collection also comprises a wide range of collectable objets d’art and promotional pieces; most notable perhaps is the range of early and scarce figurines, particularly the first and early issue Beswick characters, including a rare variant of the ‘Duchess with flowers’, bearing a round gilt mark and cursive script ‘copyright’. An early Steiff Peter Rabbit and some remarkably good condition, early papier-mâché figures also grace the collection, alongside tins, ornaments, enamels and more…

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