Rare edition. Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London. A very good copy of the second enlarged Hodder edition of Peter Pan with Arthur Rackham illustrations. Undated but 1912. In decorative cloth binding with 50 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations, seven of which are full page.
This copy has age marks, but the gilt decoration remains bright. The spine is slightly faded with some pulling and a little fraying at the spine ends. The corners have light wear and fraying. There is a small bump to the bottom edge of the front board close to the spine. The contents are in very good clean condition with light toning to text pages.
In Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, J.M. Barrie first created Peter Pan as an infant, living a wild and secret life with birds and fairies in the middle of London. Later, Barrie let this remarkable child grow a little older and he became the boy-hero of Neverland, making his first appearance with Wendy, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys. Barrie's novel The Little White Bird of 1902 contains the first sketches for Peter Pan. The narrator is 'a gentle, whimsical, lonely old bachelor', an author by profession, whose ambition is to have a son. He meets a penniless young couple whose own son David fulfills his desire. The narrator explains that all children in our part of London were once birds in the Kensington Gardens. And, that the reason there are bars on nursery windows and a tall fender by the fire is because very little people sometimes forget that they no longer have wings, and try to fly away through the window or up the chimney. One such child, Peter Pan, escaped from being a human when he was seven days old and flew back to the Kensington Gardens.
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie
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