London: Hodder & Stoughton, . Bedford, F. D. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 275 pp., with dust jacket, in a custom box. Very good + / very good. Item #CNJWEM008
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 beloved character first appeared in Barrie's novel "The Little White Bird", and Barrie went on to write the classic story of Neverland as the play "Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up"; the script was then adapted as a novel, "Peter and Wendy". This novel is the story in its best-known form, featuring the adventures of the Darling children in Neverland, and their encounters with Captain Hook and his crew of pirates.
This edition contains lovely detailed illustrations by British book illustrator Francis Donkin Bedford (1864-1954), who contributed illustrations to numerous popular literature such as "A Christmas Carol" and "A Book of Nursery Rhymes".
___DESCRIPTION: Full olive green cloth, gilt historiated borders and illustration surrounding gilt lettering on the front board, gilt illustrations and lettering on the spine, top edge stained brown, frontispiece a black-and-white illustration by F. D. Bedford, title page with black-and-white illustration by Bedford, twelve (including frontispiece) black-and-white illustrations by Bedford throughout; octavo size (8" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-v] vi-vii [viii]  2-267. In a white paper dust jacket with gilt historiated borders, illustration, and lettering on the front panel, gilt lettering on the spine; the dust jacket is unclipped, but there is no price; note that the dust jacket is of white paper, not on green, and may therefore be a later issue or a variant. Housed in a custom clamshell box, quarter red leather with red cloth boards and sides, small gilt line drawing on the front board, 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: A bit better than very good, with clean boards, the gilt lettering and decorations bright, straight corners with a bare minimum of rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the only prior owner marking being a vintage gift inscription on the front free endpaper; head and tail of the spine bumped, offsetting to the free endpapers, a small, old dampstain towards the bottom margin of the front pastedown with a corresponding area to the front free endpaper, some scattered foxing to the text block edges and a few pages. The dust jacket is very good, unclipped, with overall light soiling and edgewear, and with some professional restoration done by a prior owner (mostly to the head and tail of the spine, and the bottom corner of the front flap). The custom clamshell box is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear, slight discolouring and sticky residue to the cloth at the top edge, else fine.
___CITATION: Garland, no. 37.
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