A new edition, the 10th, was released December 7th, 2008 in North America, and will be released January 2nd, 2009 in the United Kingdom. This 352-page book brings the collector current to 2009. The 9th edition was published three years ago, it was time for a revision as the market has changed completely. As you know, starting with the 9th edition in 2005, we divided Royal Doulton Beswick Storybook Figurines into two books, based on the brands: Royal Doulton and Beswick. Our simple reasoning for this division was the sale of the Beswick brand by Royal Doulton.
Beswick Collectables is a compilation of all storybook, cartoon and film characters produced by the John Beswick Studio. Here the collector will find a lineup of characters from many charming and whimsical series such as Alice in Wonderland, Beatrix Potter, Paddington Bear and many Disney films and cartoons. Also, there are the creatures from David Hand’s Animaland, English Country Folk, Hippos on Holiday and the Footballing Felines. Along with the traditional storybook series readers are now able to explore figures from Animal Fun, Monkey Band, Penguin Family, Bush Babies, Cats Chorus, Kitty McBride’s Happy Mice, and much, much more.
The Beswick figurines removed from Royal Doulton Beswick Figurines, 6th edition, and the Beswick character and toby jugs removed from the 5th edition of Royal Doulton Beswick Jugs, have found a new home in Beswick Collectables.
The introduction to Beatrix Potter Figurines by Frank Corley has been revised, with all tables in a clear, user friendly format. The Beatrix Potter figurines are showing a rebound from the 9th edition, prices are steady to higher.
Thirty-two colour pages, in four eight-page sections are disbursed throughout the book. The first two sections are devoted to the figures of Beatrix Potter. The third section is devoted to the early rarely seen figures produced by the John Beswick Studio, plus Beswick Hummels, Dickens Ware, and Character and Toby Jugs. The fourth section includes storybook characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Rupert and His Friends, and Disney Cartoon and Film Characters.
The pricing which is in four currencies (UK pounds sterling, United States, Canadian and Australian dollars) has been completely revised and updated to reflect the market conditions of 2009.
Beswick Collectables is an informative and valuable reference tool with which the Beswick collector may assemble a rewarding collection.
The 10th edition of Beswick Collectables is available from dealers, bookstores, collectable stores, and internet bookstores, such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Beswick Collectables is also available from the publisher.