Edited by Potter scholar Taylor, here are approximately 400 letters by the famed children's author, the collection handsomely illustrated with facsimile reproductions; many of Potter's sketches for The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other Potter classics; and b&w and color photographs. Arranged chronologically, the letters (dated 1883 to 1943) give, in addition to much detail about Potter's personal and business life, glimpses of the great global upheavals that took place during her life (""The question of food rather swamps all other plans at present! and you have the added trouble of these cruel raids,"" she writes in a letter dated Feb. 1, 1918). For the most part, though, the letters will interest primarily hard-core Potter fans, dealing with minutiae that, as Taylor mentions in her introduction, ""should keep members of The Beatrix Potter Society busy for many long winter evenings. . .Was the rabbit shop mentioned in the letter to Millie of 13 December 1911 one of the moveable toys that Beatrix made for children or was it that year's Christmas card?