hen my girls were little I loved creating enchantment for them. It is why I love to create these inspirations for you. One of my favorite children’s illustrators and authors is Beatrix Potter. She was forever creating enchanting stories and illustrating them with sheer magic. She often wrote and illustrated letters to children.


DSC06689Having read the story of Peter Rabbit all throughout my girls childhood, I have often imagined what Mr. McGregor's flower garden actually looked like.


DSC06689As enchanting as a fairytale vegetable patch, I am sure.


DSC06689Yesterday I found another treasure to add to my shop. I was browsing a book store specializing in rare and old children's books, I discovered this treasure. THE JOURNAL OF BEATRIX POTTER from 1881 to 1897. Transcribed from her code writings by Leslie Linder.


DSC06689Evidently Beatrix wanted her journal to be read only by her


DSC06689and proceeded to have the journal in her own secret code.


DSC06689Leslie Linder translated this beautiful work and published this book in 1966.


DSC06689"This Journal, which is a remarkable document was written only for her own eyes. It gives a first-hand account of Victorian life in the late 19th century and throws light on Beatrix Potter between the ages of 15 and 30, during which period comparatively little has hitherto been known."


DSC06689"A collection of drawings and paintings selected and arranged by Mr. Leslie Linder and Mr. W. A. Herring with an Appreciation by Anne Carroll Moore.


DSC06689Here is a unique presentation of the work of Beatrix Potter from childhood through maturity, which reveals her greatness as an artist and in some measure explains the secret of her charm."


DSC06689Published in 1966 by Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, London England. This book is filled with photographs of Beatrix, illustrations by Beatix Potter


DSC06689and several family tree fold out pages. The book is 438 pages.


DSC06689The book is in beautiful condition and has the original dust cover, also in beautiful condition.


DSC06689"The volume is illustrated with pages from the Journal,


DSC06689examples of her drawings and water colors, and photographs of the Potter family and of some of the pages mentioned in the Journal.


DSC06689There are 28 illustrations in color and 39 in monochrome, and the volume includes Family Trees and a comprehensive index." This treasure is now in my shop, For The Love of Old Books.


The soundtrack for this post is from Peter Rabbit. Oh, and if you can please have a cup of tea and listen to these enchanting words, I promise you might see your day in a whole new way.

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Mary Lou said...

Wow. Beautiful..

julietk said...

That looks like a wonderful Book. She was a great Artist.

Tina Eudora said...

I also love B.Potter's work.
Last month I was lucky enough to find a lovely book in my local library on her illustrations and it was a true feast for the eyes. Such a marvelous and prolific artist.
Have a great day!
Tina xo

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful book you found! I love Beatrix Potter too.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

KAREN!!! THis post did not appear on my blog list....thank you for visiting me or else I would not have know that this yummy post was even up! Blogger is acting very strangely lately. About Miss P.: SHE IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE ILLUSTRATOR OF ALL TIMES and my dear friend Patricia Cabrera from Woolytales uses her as a muse to motivate her to work on her watercolors. Du coup, Patricia has inspired me to watercolor as well. Heeeeee, go to my mini blog and see my attempt to watercolor on miniature! I have a darling book similar to yours that I bought at "Much Ado", a great bookshop that was in Marblehead, Mass., but no longer exists....the proprietors are now in England selling their wares. This book, like yours, is full of Miss P.'s wonderful and rare illustrations. Oh, how creative minds think alike! Thank you for your sweet comments and your visits always complete my posts.

Much love and the check will be in the mail TOUT DE SUITE next week! I CAN'T WAIT! Anita

Kiki said...

Karen..what a wonderful tribute to BP! She was-is so talented and her artwork timeless. I adore that one of the squirrel you such detail! We had the little BP cups when we were children and they always were so special. Wonderfully inpsiring post..gorgeous! Here's to Beatrix and her shining spirit and creative heart!

Snap said...

I love Beatrix Potter. What a treasure you found!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Karen,
You found a treasure for sure. Love Beatrix Potter. Her art is amazing and always inspiring.
Your pics are wonderful.
Thank you for sharing.
Have a great day.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

kate said...

How lovely, Beatrix Potter, is Gina and my favorite , we are always getting each other gifts, my girls are grown now, but I have never grown out of my love for her!! thanks you are so lucky to have that wonderful book!!!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Karen,
Amazing find! an exquisite book.
I also love Beatrix Potter and her beautiful illustrations.
I really enjoyed your post today.
Have a sweet day, Hugs Elizabeth

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello on my blog. I've just discovered your blog for the first time, and I'm in awe. You are inspired, and I can't wait to come back for many more visits.
Beatrix Potter holds a special place in my heart, since she was the inspiration for my sons' nurseries, oh so many years ago!

Happy meeting you,

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Lovely post. You know how much I love her writings...hugs...m..

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Karen, what a wonderful book!!!! I love Beatrix Potter! I'm sure this find won't last long ~ I hope you're doing good, have a great weekend!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Georgianna said...

Fascinating post, Karen! I'm also delighted to have discovered your blog – thank you for visiting me and for your lovely comments! Georgianna

Anonymous said...

Your garden is gorgeous, and the book is an amazing find. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Rhondi said...

What a treasure of a book. I don't know how I feel about someone translating it when Miss Potter obviously did not want it to be public. Her life does fascinate me so I know I would read it if I found a copy though!

Anonymous said...

Karen, what a treasure!!! I would have loved to buy this book but it is gone already!

A Write Life said...

What an incredible find. So beautiful.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a fascinating find, and yet, I wonder How Miss Potter would have felt about her personal writings being translated and published? One down side of someone bareing their soul on paper is that some day it is bound to be found out by soeone and read whether you wanted anyone else to see it or not. As bloggers we share so much of our lives freely and openly, but there must be many people who need a place to write their thoughts and hope the pages will never be discovered by others.