Beatrix Potter in Special Collections
A recent addition to the Edwardian literature collection is a copy of Beatrix Potter’s “The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit” (1906). This little book is one of two Potter tales originally published in a concertina, or accordion, format. Special Collections has a nearly-complete set of first editions of Potter’s 23 tales, as well as other Potter titles like “Peter Rabbit’s Almanac” and “The Fairy Caravan.” Special Collections also has a number of children’s books by other authors which use Potter characters, particularly Peter Rabbit. “Peter Rabbit and his Pa,” published in Akron, Ohio in 1908, is one such title.
“The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit” was acquired with the generous assistance of the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library.