By Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Katherine Sturges
First edition of Potter's gothic retelling of Bluebeard, the second issue (with frontispiece properly placed) in the scarce original dust jacket.
Near fine in very good dust jacket.
"The street wound crookedly upbank, until a sharp turn round a building brought its final steep ascent under the castle's jealous eyes."
Beatrix Potter was unable to bear the strain of providing illustrations for SISTER ANNE, therefore the publisher had them executed by American artist Katherine Sturgis. Potter was pleased with Sturgis' artistry, praising her use of black that gave the story "an effective air of mystery" (Linder). This title did not enjoy the popularity of Potter's earlier works, perhaps because it lacked her characteristic art. Potter's evocative and atmospheric narrative make this obscure work unusual in her oeuvre. The last of Beatrix Potter's works published in her lifetime, it was never published in England.
Read more: Leslie Linder, A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter, 324-326.
Philadelphia: David McKay Company, (1932). 7.75'' x 5.25''. Original gilt-stamped blue publisher's cloth binding. Original pink pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated with full-page black-and-white frontispiece with 12 full-page black-and-white plates. 154 pages. Bookseller's label to lower front pastedown, "Mr. Cooper Milliken/ 14 Oak Street/ Old Town Maine." Jacket with sunning to spine and rear top edge, some tape repairs to verso and a couple small chips (one affecting "Si" in the spine title). to edges. Book unusually bright and sharp.
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