About Beatirx Potter
Beatrix Potter or Helen Beatrix Potter was an English children's book author and illustrator. She was born on 28th of July 1866. She recorded her everyday life in her journals from the time when she was fifteen years old. Her inspirations were often the small animals she would smuggle into her house. Her most famous character is Peter Rabbit, which is also the central character of her first book 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', first published in 1902 by Frederick Warne & Company. Frederick Warne & Company was the publisher for all her works. When Helen had come of age, her parents wanted her to handle the household and discouraged her intellectual interests. Still Helen wasn't dissuaded and continued to write. She later became secretly engaged to the publisher Norman Warne, but her parents were against it as Norman worked for a living. Norman died before the wedding. This caused considerable damage to her relationship with her parents. By the 1920s her writing efforts were greatly reduced due to poor eyesight. She wrote 23 books, the last one being 'The Tale of Little Pig Robinson' in 1930. At the age of 47, Beatrix Potter married her solicitor, William Heelis; they had no children. She died in Sawrey, Lancashire on December 22, 1943. Later in her life she bought considerable amount of land and donated a lot of her property to the National Trust. Today one can find a lot of memorabilia associated with Beatrix Potter and her works. Skirts and ceramic showpieces depicting her characters or her books are available. Figurines, bookends, wall borders, plush toys, bowls, canvas, picture frames, baby stuff etc. are much sought after. and the most collectible items are the early editions of her books. The condition of the book and also the title determines the price. The first edition of her first book, 'The tale of Peter Rabbit' is one of the rarer ones and hence commands a higher premium.