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RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

(From "The Little White Bird").

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1907 Stock Code: 112932
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Publisher's deluxe binding

Fourth impression, in a publisher's deluxe binding not noted by Latimore and Haskell or Riall, though it appears to be the binding described as "rough Persian" advertised by Hodder & Stoughton in the trade press in time for Christmas 1907. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned this publication, in collaboration with Rackham as illustrator. The text was extracted, with minor revisions, from Barrie's book-within-a-book London story-collection for adults, The Little White Bird (1902), and it was published specifically as a children's gift book in 1906, in both a signed limited edition of 500 copies and a regular trade edition. (The play remained unpublished until 1928.)

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Quarto. Original suede, titles to spine and front cover gilt, design blocked in blind to front cover, illustrated map endpapers, top edge gilt.


Colour frontispiece and 49 colour plates mounted on brown paper with captioned tissue guards, black and white illustrations in the text, all by Rackham.


Contemporary note and Christmas gift letter mounted to front pastedown; stationers' ticket of Roffey and Clark, High Street, Croydon, at foot of rear pastedown. Light rubbing and spotting to suede covers, a little internal spotting more noticeable to untrimmed edges, an excellent copy.


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