Extremely Scarce 1912 Deluxe Edition
of Arthur Rackham's "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens"
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. BARRIE, J.M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. From The Little White Bird by J.M. Barrie. A New Edition. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [n.d., 1912].
Deluxe edition, one of fifty (?) copies. Large quarto (10 15/16 x 8 5/8 inches; 279 x 219 mm.). , viii, , [1, illustration], [1, blank], 122, , [1, printer's imprint] pp. Fifty mounted color plates, with descriptive tissue guards (no tissue guard for plate opposite p. 110). Seven full-page black and white drawings and fifteen black and white drawings in the text. Map of Kensington Gardens on the verso of the contents leaf.
Full red morocco by Zaehnsdorf (stamp-signed on the verso of the front turn-in). Front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt to match the original stamping, spine lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, others uncut, "Cockerell" marbled endpapers. A little bit of foxing. An excellent copy.
A reprint of the 1906 edition with a new color frontispiece and an additional seven full-page black and white drawings. The additional black and white drawings add a new depth to Rackham's already esteemed portrayal of Barrie's classic tale. These new drawings include, "Kensington Gardens," "One of the Paths that have Made Themselves," "The birds on the island never got used to him. His oddities tickled them every day," "They are so cunning," "A fairy ring," "There was a good deal going on in the Baby Walk," "She escorted them up the Baby Walk and back again." The new frontispiece is of Peter Pan, as a little boy in a nightgown, on the Baby Walk in Kensington Gardens with two fairies fleeing from hime while the Elderberry and Elm trees and the other fairies look on. The frontispiece replaced the "Fairies of the Serpentine," which was the eighth color plate in the 1906 edition.
Latimore and Haskell, p. 40. Riall, p. 114.
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