Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.London: Hodder & Stoughton 1906 Stock Code: 143331
Inscribed by J. M. Barrie to his agentSigned limited edition, number 336 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator; this additionally a presentation copy to Barrie's close friend and future literary agent, Golding Bright, inscribed by J. M. Barrie on the half-title, "Golding Bright, with a friend's greeting J. M. Barrie".
Golding Bright and his elder brother Addison Bright both worked as literary and theatrical agents. Barrie was originally Addison Bright's client. However, in 1906 Addison Bright was found to be embezzling his clients' money fleeing to Lucerne where he died by suicide. Though Barrie suffered heavy losses, he bore the family no ill will and accompanied Golding Bright to Lucerne to identify the body. Later that year Golding Bright became Barrie's theatre agent and remained so for the rest of the author's life. His appointment as Barrie's agent coincided with the publication of Peter Pan of Kensington Gardens and, one must assume, with the author's presentation of this copy to Golding Bright.
The story of Peter Pan had its genesis in the 1902 novel "the Little White Bird", the central chapters of which tell of a child "who escaped from being a human when he was seven days old and flew back to Kensington Gardens". Barrie developed this story both into a play (first performed in 1904 but not published until 1928) and this book of 1906, the first to appear with the title of Peter Pan to which Arthur Rackham provided fifty magnificent colour illustrations.
Large quarto. Original white vellum with gilt lettering and decoration, top edge gilt and others untrimmed, yellow ribbon ties supplied to style.
Endpaper with map of Kensington Gardens and 50 colour plates mounted onto brown art paper and protected by captioned tissue guards.
A very good copy indeed, with a little bruising to the base of the spine, but generally bright and clean.
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