In the Very Scarce Original Dust JacketJ. M. Barrie. Peter and Wendy. Illustrated by F. D. Bedford. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, .
First edition. Octavo. vii, [1, blank], [1, Illustrations], [1, blank], 267, [1, blank] pages. Thirteen black and white plates (including frontispiece and pictorial title) printed on glossy paper from drawings by F. D. Bedford.
Publisher's olive green cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. In the original dark green dust jacket printed in gold in the same design as the cloth covers. Minor edge wear and lightly bumped corners. Spine ever-so-slightly sunned, with minimal soiling to the rear board. Light to somewhat heavy foxing to the plates and facing pages. The jacket has a few small chips and tears, including two small fingernail-shaped pieces missing at spine head. Spine is faded. Some separation along the fold lines. Three fold lines heavily reinforced with well-executed tape repairs to verso. One fold line with minimal tape repair. An excellent copy in a square and sturdy binding and in the rare original dust jacket.
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).
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