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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (Illustrated by Arthur Rackham)
Hodder and Stoughton 1912 - First Edition, first printing of this, what is known as 'The Best Edition' of Rackham's version of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J M Barrie. Originally published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1906 with the 50 tipped-in plates bound in at the back of the volume. This 1912 'Best Edition' was published again by Hodder with numerous improvements on the 1906 edition including it being an even larger format, Large Quarto (10 x 9/16 x 8 1/4 Inches) and bulking at two inches thick. The fifty tipped in plates are mounted onto green art stock card and bound in throughout the book. This version also has a new colour frontispiece and an additional seven full page b&w plates. VG+ Pale green cloth with lavish gilt stamped borders, vignettes, designs and titles, (ditto to spine). The cloth is wonderfully clean and the giltwork very fresh and bright, the spine is unfaded! As is the giltwork there. Rubbing to corners and very light shelfware to head and foot of the spine, there is a small dent to the spine which has punctured a small split in the cloth (see pictures). Previous owners inscriptions to ffep, some light foxing to prelims otherwise very clean. What is absolutely standout with this copy are the plates, all 50 are in MINT condition with MINT captioned tissue guards, they are untouched!! Each and every corner of every plate and tissue guard are impeccable, no handling marks whatsoever, no corner creases to guards or plates, not one! I have tried to photograph this and have never in fifteen years seen a copy where this is the case with tipped in plates. Considering this is one of the finest illustrated books of all time to have all 50 plates in exquisite condition is remarkable. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: PENDLEHILLBOOKS]
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