Without question it is one the most impressive collections of Beatrix Potter material to come up for auction, with something for all collectors of 'Potteriana'.
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On 28th February 2013, Sotheby's London will present for auction a superb private collection of Fine Travel and Plate Books comprising some of the most magnificent illustrated travel books on the grandest scale together with watercolours and manuscripts.
Assembled by a private collector who sought the best examples of travel and plate books in a variety of media including hand coloured prints, photography, watercolour and sketches - the collection contains a number of works that come from notable collections including 21 lots from Beriah Botfield's library (Longleat) - one of the greatest book collectors of the 19th century - and 49 from the collection of Sefik Atabey - who formed one of the largest libraries on the Ottoman Empire
Richard Fattorini, Director, Specialist Sotheby's Department of Books and Manuscripts said, "This auction represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire some of the very best books in this field, since collections of this quality so rarely come to the market. Not only are there works regarded as the most desirable in their field, by the most historically significant artists and writers, but many are also magnificently bound, in superb condition and in many cases have significant provenances."