Item #1003643 Peter and Wendy. James Matthew Barrie, Francis Bedford.
Peter and Wendy
Peter and Wendy
Peter and Wendy
Peter and Wendy
Peter and Wendy
Peter and Wendy

Peter and Wendy

London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1911]. Single volume, measuring 7.75 x 5.25 inches: viii, 267, [1]. Original dark olive pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, original olive pictorial dust jacket printed in gilt. Frontispiece, pictorial title page, and eleven halftone plates throughout text. Small expert paper repair to verso of jacket; jacket faded to dark grey, as usual. Laid in publisher’s advertisement for an illustrated edition of Barrie’s A Window in Thrums, to be “issued this Autumn” (1911). Housed in a custom clamshell box.

First edition of J.M. Barrie’s tale of Peter Pan’s boyhood adventures, the foundation of most future adaptations. Barrie’s first account of Peter Pan, published in The Little White Bird (1902), featured Peter as a baby, inspiring Barrie’s collaboration with Arthur Rackham in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906). Peter and Wendy is based on Barrie’s subsequent play featuring Peter Pan as a boy, a major event on the London stage, introducing the iconic characters of Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and Wendy Darling to the Peter Pan legend: “Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.” An exceptional copy, in the first-issue jacket.

Price: $10,000.00