About Battledore

BATTLEDORE is a small privately owned corporation based in Kingston NY, 90 miles north of Manhattan and 60 miles below Albany along the Hudson River. In 1990 we produced a monograph on the original printing history of the notorious 1865 first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which was suppressed by its author and illustrator, never distributed, and has become the most precious rare book of literature printed during the 19th century. Battledore also located and identified the original 1901 illustration printing blocks for Beatrix Potter's privately published first edition The Tale of Peter Rabbit for which we produced a portfolio of prints carefully made from these actual plates. And in cooperation with a Japanese gallery, we co-curated and produced a multi-million dollar selling exhibition with an illustrated catalogue of artwork by Maurice Sendak that had successful venues in both Tokyo and Bangkok (1996-1997). More »