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Peter and Wendy. by  J. M BARRIE - First Edition - 1911 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 151380)

Peter and Wendy.

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Peter and Wendy.: Illustrated by F. D. Bedford.


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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. Uncommon in dust jacket First US edition, first printing, with the publisher's printed seal and "Published October, 1911" to copyright page, and "$1.50 Net" to the front panel of the dust jacket. The US edition was originally published in the same year in the UK. Uncommon in dust jacket.
The origins of Peter Pan as a literary character are somewhat protracted. Barrie had found fame as a writer of prose, initially with Scottish story-collections such as Auld Licht Idylls and A Window in Thrums, and then a sequence of novels that established him as a leading novelist of the 1890s. The character of Peter Pan first appeared as a book-within-a-book in his London story-collection The Little White Bird (1902), by which time Barrie was increasingly turning away from prose to concentrate on drama. His two plays of that year, Quality Street and The Admirable Crichton, were both successful but eclipsed by the enormous success of Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records.
In 1906 Barrie sanctioned the publication of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, with the text extracted from The Little White Bird in which Peter is a seven-day-old infant, and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Barrie reserved for himself the task of turning his theatrical success into a novel: Peter and Wendy. It tells the familiar story of the stage version, with Peter as an older child flying off with Wendy and the other Darling children to battle Captain Hook and his pirates, but Barrie added a final chapter to the book in which Peter returns for Wendy years later, when she is grown with a child of her own. The text of the stage play itself was not published until 1928. Octavo. Original green cloth, lettering and pictorial decoration to spine and front cover in gilt. With dust jacket. Frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated title page, 11 plates. Bookseller's booklabel to front pastedown. Extremities slightly bumped and rubbed, minor ink spot to lower outside joint, creases to pastedowns, minor marks to top edge, else a bright and very good copy. Dust jacket toned with extremities slightly frayed and minor closed tear to front panel, minor mark to rear panel; a good example of a rare jacket.


Peter and Wendy (1911) is the title of James M. Barrie's novelization of his most famous play, Peter Pan: or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (1904). Inspired by Barrie's friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family, both the play and the novel tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous young boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers. The novel follows the play closely, though its final chapter is an addition to the original work. Peter and Wendy was first published in 1911 by Hodder & Stoughton in the United Kingdom and Charles Scribner's Sons in the United States. In 1929, Barrie gave the copyright to the works featuring Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Britain's leading children's hospital.

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Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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