Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens; (From “The Little White Bird”) With Drawings by Arthur Rackham.

Signed Limited Edition of Arthur Rackham’s “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens”
In a Superb Early Inlaid Binding by Bayntun Riviére 

[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. BARRIE, J.M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (From “The Little White Bird”). With Drawings by Arthur Rackham. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1906.

Deluxe edition. Limited to 500 copies, numbered and signed by the artist (this being copy No. 49). Large quarto (10 5/8 x 8 13/16 inches; 270 x 223 mm.). xii, 125, [1] pp. Color frontispiece and forty-nine color plates (collected at the end of the text) mounted on heavy brown paper, with descriptive tissue guards. Four black and white drawings (two on the title and one each on p. 1 and p. 14).

Bound ca. 1940 by Bayntun (Riviére) Bath in full blue crushed levant morocco. Front cover elaborately decorated in gilt 'pointille' surrounding a remarkable inlaid and onlaid design in multi-colored, textured morocco of the frontispiece "There now arose a mighty storm and he was tossed this way and that". Lower cover with identical gilt pointille surrounding another remarkable inlaid and onlaid design in multi-colored morocco of plate 33 "Peter pan is the fairies' orchestra". Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Four of the panels with eight small red morocco circular onlays. Gilt board-edges, highly elaborate gilt turn-ins with red morocco 'fleuron' onlays in each corner, all stamped with a 'P'. Pink watered silk liners and endleaves. Housed in the original fleece-lined blue cloth clamshell case. 

An absolutely stunning and early example of Bayntun Riviére at their very best.

J.M. Barrie’s novel The Little White Bird (1902) “contains the first sketches for Peter Pan. The narrator is ‘a gentle, whimsical, lonely old bachelor’, an author by profession, whose ambition is to have a son. He meets a penniless young couple whose own son David becomes a substitute in his affections. He explains to David that ‘all children in our part of London were once birds in the Kensington Gardens; and that the reason there are bars on nursery windows and a tall fender by the fire is because very little people sometimes forget that they no longer have wings, and try to fly away through the window or up the chimney.’ The central chapters of the book tell the story of one such child, Peter Pan, who ‘escaped from being a human when he was seven days old…and flew back to the Kensington Gardens’…The Peter Pan chapters of The Little White Bird were re-issued in 1906 as Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, with colour plates by Arthur Rackham; this was the book which first made Rackham’s work famous. It should not be confused with Peter and Wendy (1911), Barrie’s novelization of the play Peter Pan” (The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature).

Latimore and Haskell, p. 27. Riall, p. 74. Item #03497

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