London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1902. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, duodecimo size, 320 pp. Near fine. Item #210503005
Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) wrote numerous novels and plays for both children and adults, but he is best known for "Peter Pan", a hugely successful play set in the magical world of Neverland; the play has been performed many times and has been adapted in films and literary works.
This volume is the first edition of "The Little White Bird"; printed in 1902, it is a novel composed of various short episodes taking place in day-to-day London and the fantasy world that lies beneath Kensington Gardens; the book features the first appearance of the beloved character Peter Pan, and these parts of the book were later reproduced as "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens", with illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
___DESCRIPTION: Full dark navy cloth, gilt ruled border and lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, frontispiece a black-and-white illustrated map titled "The Child's Map of Kensington Gardens", with tissue guard; duodecimo size (7 5/8" by 5 1/2"), pagination: [i-v] vi-viii  2-312.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the boards clean, the top corners straight and the bottom corners only mildly bumped, a strong, square text block, the interior is clean and bright, and the only prior owner markings being a date and private library number (?) in vintage ink written at the top of the front free endpaper; front hinge just starting but board solidly attached, back hinge strong, and very minor wear to the head and tail of the spine; even with its few faults, still an outstanding example.
___CITATION: Garland no. 32.
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