Peter and Wendy

Charles Scribner's Sons 1911


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Quite rare. First American edition, first printing, with 'Published October 1911' on the copyright page along with the Scribner's Seal. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, published simultaneously with the British edition. Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration in the pictorial dustwrapper whose gilt design mirrors that of the cloth. A fine copy, with just a trace of surface wear to the edges in a near fine dustwrapper, which has a faded spine as usual, but covers are bright and clean and unusually crisp. A superb copy. Pictorial title page and frontispiece, plus eleven black and white illustrations by F.D. Bedford. The character of Peter Pan is first encountered in 1902 as part of The Little White Bird, a novel for adults. The popularity of this small section prompted Barrie to develop it as a children's story (Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, published in 1906) and adapt it as a play (Peter Pan, which opened in 1904). The continued success of the play led Barrie to expand the story further as a novel (Peter and Wendy, 1911), which is the version best known today. This story tells the popular version of the tale featuring Wendy Darling and Nana the dog. The final chapter of this novel, entitled, 'When Wendy Grew Up', sees Peter visiting a grown up Wendy, part of the story which had not appeared in the play or earlier versions of the story. A truly loveloy copy of this timeless classic.
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