London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1928. First Edition. Hardcover. First publication of the play, duodecimo size, 194 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #CNJWEM009
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This volume is the first play edition to be published; "Peter Pan" had been performed before but remained unpublished until this edition as part of The Uniform Edition of the Plays of J. M. Barrie.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, white paper labels with blue lettering and rules on the front board and spine, title page in red and black with ruled borders; duodecimo size (7.25" by 5"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xxxiii [xxxiv] [1-2] 3-160. In a cream paper dust jacket with blue and red lettering with blue ruled border on the front panel, blue lettering on the spine, and a list of other books by the author on the rear panel; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of "Five shillings net" on the spine.
___CONDITION: A fine copy overall; the covers clean, the corners straight, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; head of the spine lightly bumped, two very small indentations to the top edge of the front board near the corner, and light toning to the free endpapers, else fine. The dust jacket is near fine, unclipped, with light soiling, sunning to the spine and fore-edges, light edge wear along the top and bottom edge, with a couple small chips to the head of the spine. A lovely example of the first printing of this play beloved by so many.
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