Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Walter Potter and his Curious World of Taxidermy" New Book and Website!

As regular readers of this blog will already know, Walter Potter was a self-taught Victorian county taxidermist of no great expertise who delighted generations with quirky tableaux peopled by tea-drinking kittens, arithmetic-doing rabbits, cigar smoking squirrels and gambling rats. His collection was on view for nearly 150 years before, tragically, being divided at auction ten years ago this month.

The new book Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy, by Dr. Pat Morris with Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein, brings this collection back together--if virtually--with informative text, dozens of new photos of the best loved tableaux, and a new introduction by legendary pop artist (and Potter collector!) Sir Peter Blake.

Sixty (!!!) copies of the book have just arrived at The Morbid Anatomy Library (see above), and are ready to go to good homes across America. Books will ship early next week; you can purchase a copy (or 3!) by clicking here, or stop by the library during open hours (Saturdays 2-6) to pick up a copy and save yourself the shipping/handling fee.

We have also launched a website to go with the book, featuring a blog with guest posts by a variety of Potter enthusiasts; click here to check it out. If you would like to contribute, please email walterpottertaxidermy [at]

You can find out more about the book in the trailer above and by clicking here.

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