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The Tale of Mr Tod

Beatrix Potter (London 1866 - Near Sawrey, Cumbria 1943)

Category

Manuscripts and documents

Date

1911

Materials

Ink, Paper, Pencil

Measurements

205 x 165 x 4 mm; 56 pages (Extent)

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Collection

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Cumbria

NT 242214

Summary

Manuscript of The Tale of Mr Tod, a brown 'St Paul's' exercise book. The Title is written in ink on the front cover (top centre) and on the first page. The text is written in ink on the right hand (odd numbered) pages only, with occasional alterations to the text made in pencil. There are no illustrations. This is one of three manuscripts of The Tale of Mr Tod. It is difficult to be certain which of the three is the earlier draft; but from close examination of the texts and alterations in comparison with the published version, the probable order of composition seems to be HIL.R.14 the earliest draft, HIL.R.13 the next draft, HIL.R.15 the latest draft. The opening paragraph was then altered for the published version. The earlier manuscripts are also difficult to date with certainty. The later version dates from 1911; in a letter to Warnes of 18 November 1911 concerning the story Beatrix states 'I wrote it some time ago. I have copied it out lately.' See also HIL.R.14 and HIL.R.15, two further manuscripts of The Tale of Mr Tod.

Makers and roles

Beatrix Potter (London 1866 - Near Sawrey, Cumbria 1943), writer

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