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Peter Rabbit turns 113

On this day in history in 1902, Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published. The beginnings of Peter Rabbit was ignited by Potter writing letters to a little boy – the ill child of her former governess.  After several rejections from publishers, Potter privately printed the book in 1901. The book was an instant hit and was printed by Frederick Warne  & Co. in 1902. With over 45 million copies in print, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is considered one of the best selling books of all time.

There are many different lovely editions on AbeBooks of this beloved children’s tale ranging from first editions,  pop-up versions,  board games, puzzles and everything in between.

A selection of The Tale of Peter Rabbit covers:


First Edition (1902)


Printed in 1928 with both color and black & white illustration


This is the second version of the “Wee Books for Wee Folks” edition, printed in 1904


Illustrated by Virginia Albert (1916)


Printed in 1907, this book includes 30 full pages of black and white illustrations – each illustration has another image embedded in it that is obscured or hidden. The end of the book includes a key to deciphering the puzzles. A rare, uncommon version of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.


A facsimile edition printed in 1989

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