Miss Potter stirs an interest in the world of Rare Books

December 5, 2006 at 3:22 pm 1 comment

With the release of Chris Noonan’s film Miss Potter, due to be screened in England in January next year, there have been gentle stirrings in the rare book world as people remember how much Beatrix Potter shaped children’s illustrated literature for generations to come. Indeed, Beatrix Potter has such a strong following that there is an international society dedicated entirely to her works.

Certainly the launch of the film has already had a noticeable effect on tourism in the Lake District, with fans flocking to visit the home country of Peter Rabbit and friends. But how is the film likely to affect book collectors? Rare Book Review has run an article on Beatrix Potter and one of her most avid collectors Mr Cotsen. Even Sotheby’s London is in on the act, with a number of Potter items on sale for Thursday. Their prize item is sitting with an estimate of up to £7,000. Sotheby’s New York is following up with two more items on sale on the 12th December. One of these has an estimate of $5,000. And finally, Bauman’s is showcasing a Peter Rabbit priced at $7,500 on the front page of their website.

Beatrix Potter has always been a popular collectors item. But it remains to be seen how much of an impact a film like this can have on the rare book trade.

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