Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens.
(From "The Little White Bird").London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1906 Stock Code: 137773
Inscribed to the first actor to play SmeeFirst Rackham edition, inscribed by the author to the first actor to play Smee on stage on the half-title: "To George Shelton from his old friend J. M. Barrie Christmas 1906." Shelton played Smee in the first production of Peter Pan in December 1904, and played the part for 23 consecutive years until his retirement in 1927. Inscribed copies are notably rare.
Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens was the most popular Christmas gift book for 1906, and was highly successful commercially. Barrie had asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but create a new book from the chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character.
Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in terracotta morocco, titles and centre tool to spine gilt, raised bands, multiple fillets and cornerpieces gilt to boards and turn-ins, floral endpapers, gilt edges.
With 50 tipped in colour plates, captioned tissues bound in at rear.
Half-title a little spotted and browned, an excellent copy in a fine binding.
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