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London: Hodder and Stoughton. 1902. First edition, first printing. First edition, first printing. Attractively bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in full blue calf. Boards with gilt ruling and decoration to the corners. The spine with five raised bands and gilt decoration to the compartments. Purple morocco title labels lettered in gilt. Gilt inner dentelles. Top edge gilt. With slipcase sumptuously marbled in blue, red, purple and gold. Matching marbled endpapers. Original cloth covers bound in at the rear. Illustrated with a whimsical 'Child's Map of Kensington Gardens' frontispiece. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with minor wrinkling and a little fading to the spine and a small area of fading to the upper board. The contents with a very occasional minor spot of toning to a couple of page edges are otherwise clean throughout and free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. The slipcase is in very good condition with just a little rubbing. A lovely copy. Including the first appearance of Peter Pan, Barrie's most famous creation, "The Little White Bird" takes the form of a series of short episodes based around the narrator's day-to-day activities in contemporary London, developing into an assortment of fanciful tales largely focussing on Kensington Gardens, its fairy inhabitants and the magical events which take place there. The middle chapters, including that entitled "Peter Pan", later formed the basis of Barrie's 1904 stage play, "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up", and were finally published separately as "Peter Pan in Kensington Garde … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Lucius Books [United Kingdom]
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