Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
(From "The Little White Bird").London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1906 Stock Code: 125705
One of 500 signed copies, in deluxe vellumSigned limited edition, number 267 of 500 copies signed by the artist. 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 in his London story-collection for adults, The Little White Bird (1902), and it was published specifically as a children's gift book. (The play was unpublished until 1928.)
Quarto. Original vellum, titles to spine and front cover gilt, design blocked in gilt to front cover, map endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, yellow ribbon ties renewed.
Colour frontispiece and 49 colour plates mounted on brown paper with captioned tissue guards, black and white illustrations in the text, all by Rackham.
Spine ends a little darkened, tiny split to head of spine, covers a little bowed (as often), text leaves with slight wave and faint scattered foxing, plates bright and clean. A very good copy.
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