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Peter Pan of Kensington Gardens
London: Hodder & Stoughton,, 1906. Large quarto. Original white vellum with gilt lettering and decoration, top edge gilt and others untrimmed, original yellow ribbon to front board. Housed in a custom brown slipcase. Front free endpaper with map of Kensington Gardens, 50 colour plates mounted onto brown art paper with captioned tissue guards. Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Rear board lacking a tie, gilt a little rubbed from spine; an exceptional copy. Signed limited edition, number 47 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. The literary character of Peter Pan first appeared in the book-within-a-book London story-collection for adults, The Little White Bird (1902). By this time Barrie was also increasingly turning his focus from prose to concentrate on drama, and his two plays, Quality Street and The Admirable Crichton (produced in 1901 and 1902 respectively), though successful, were eclipsed by the enormous success of Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records. In 1906, Barrie sanctioned this publication of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, in collaboration with Rackham as illustrator; the text was extracted from The Little White Bird with minor revisions, and it was published specifically as a children's book. The play remained unpublished until 1928.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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