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The Story of Peter Rabbit

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Chicago (published)

  • Date:

    April 1920 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McLaughlin, P. (illustrator)
    Will Pente (designer)
    Reilly & Lee Co. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    letterpress and process printed illustrations on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pirated fold-a-way edition of 16 leaves of the Peter Rabbit story, containing cut-outs. o With pictures of characters from the story to cut out and play with. A toy book with part of the cover designed to be removed to form the background to the story.

Place of Origin

Chicago (published)


April 1920 (published)


McLaughlin, P. (illustrator)
Will Pente (designer)
Reilly & Lee Co. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

letterpress and process printed illustrations on paper

Marks and inscriptions

This may interest you. It is a piracy from U.S.A. - some copies of which were offered for sale here - but we have stopped the importation and made them return the stock
Inscribed by publisher Frederick Warne in ink on upper cover

April 1920
Inscribed by Beatrix Potter

Patented June 25, 1917 / July 10, 1917
Ink stamp on each leaf

[Instructions on use of book]
Printed on inside back cover


Height: 20 cm

Object history note

Acquired by the V&A from Leslie Linder (1904-1973) in 1973 as part of the Linder Bequest, a collection of ca. 2150 watercolours, drawings, literary manuscripts, correspondence, books, photographs, and other memorabilia associated with Beatrix Potter and her family.
Previously given to Margaret Lane by Mr Heelis and given to Leslie Linder by Margaret Lane.

Descriptive line

The Story of Peter Rabbit. Pirated fold-a-way edition by Reilly & Lee Co., Chicago, April 1920. Copy once belonging to Beatrix Potter. Linder Bequest cat. no. LB 1723.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hobbs, Anne Stevenson, and Joyce Irene Whalley, eds. Beatrix Potter: the V & A collection : the Leslie Linder bequest of Beatrix Potter material : watercolours, drawings, manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985.


Printing ink; Paper




Toys & Games; Play; Children & Childhood; Animals and Wildlife

Production Type

Mass produced


Archive of Art and Design

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