London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1902. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, duodecimo size, 320 pp., inscribed by J. M. Barrie, in a custom box. Near fine. Item #CNJWEM007
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.
"The Little White Bird" 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.
This volume is the first edition of "The Little White Bird", printed in 1902, and is inscribed by J. M. Barrie on the half-title page; the book is housed in a lovely custom-made clamshell box.
___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" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-v] vi-viii  2-312, inscribed "Yours Truly / J. M. Barrie" on the half-title page. Housed in a custom clamshell box, quarter red leather with red cloth boards and sides, the spine with five raised bands, gilt decorative rules and ornaments, and gilt lettering, the insides of the trays lined with paper with floral pattern in red, gilt, and black.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the boards clean overall with a few very light spots of soil, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the only prior owner markings being the J.M. Barrie inscription as set forth above and name in a vintage ink written at the top of the front free endpaper; a professional restored the head and tail of the spine and corners, all of which had been very mildly rubbed, and the hinges which are now strong, corners are gently bumped, some off-setting to the free endpapers, and light foxing to the first and last few pages, including the frontispiece tissue guard. The custom clamshell box is fine, strong and sturdy, clean but for the hint of a stray mark or two, without wear.
___CITATION: Garland no. 32.
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