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    First American Edition of J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy

    J.M. Barrie. Peter and Wendy. Illustrated by F.D. Bedford. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [1911].

    First American edition ("Published October, 1911"). Square octavo (7.9375 x 5.625 inches; 202 x 143 mm.). vii, [1, blank], [1, list of illustrations], [1, blank], 267, [1, blank] pages. Thirteen black and white plates (including frontispiece and pictorial title) from drawings by F.D. Bedford, printed on glossy paper.

    Publisher's olive green cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Top edge trimmed, others uncut. Minimal rubbing to corners and spine extremities, upper corners very slightly bumped, endpapers a little browned. The gilt on the spine is very slightly dulled, but the gilt on the front cover is exceptionally bright. Light foxing to the plates and to the facing text pages, slightly over-opened between pp. 124 and 125, tiny (rust?) spot on the plate facing p. 186, offsetting onto p. 186, and a couple of tiny ink spots in the lower blank margin of pp. 252 and 253. Otherwise a very fine copy. In the publisher's white dust jacket printed in green. The jacket is slightly soiled, with a small piece (measuring approximately one-half by two-and-a-quarter inches) missing from the lower edge rear panel, a little frayed at the upper edge of the rear panel and across the spine, with the head of the spine reinforced on the verso with tape, a few additional small chips and short tears (one reinforced on the verso with tape), and a small sliver of tape affixed to the lower edge of the front panel.

    "The Never Never Land," which is the frontispiece in the English edition, faces p. 66 in the American edition (see Cutler).

    Peter and Wendy is "a retelling of the story of Peter Pan [or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, the play by J.M. Barrie, which was first performed in London in 1904] in book form, originally published with illustrations by F. D. Bedford. It contains much that is not in the play, including an opening chapter which relates how Wendy and her brothers knew of Peter Pan and the 'Neverland' (sic) before Peter ever came to their nursery; the last chapter, 'When Wendy Grew Up', describes how Wendy's daughter Jane takes Wendy's place in the Never Never Land in later years. The book is long, and Barrie permitted reductions of the text, the first being Peter Pan and Wendy (1915), described as an 'authorized school edition' and published jointly by the Oxford University Press and Hodder and Stoughton, with the Bedford illustrations. The full text was used for Peter Pan and Wendy (1921), with illustrations by Mabel Lucie Attwell" (The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature).

    Cutler 64. Garland 37.


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