London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1912. Item #04339
The Extremely Scarce 1912 Deluxe Edition
In the Publisher's Pictorially Stamped Full Vellum
[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 (11 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches; 282 x 222 mm.). , viii, , [1, illustration], [1, blank], 122, , [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Fifty tipped-in color plates mounted onto cream card with descriptive tissue guards, seven full-page black and white plates and twelve black and white drawings in the text.
Publisher's full vellum, front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, pictorial end-papers. Later yellow silk ties, minimal darkening to free end-papers from paste-downs, some very minor foxing on a few of the preliminary leaves and the last leaf of text. A near fine copy housed in a custom-made, mottled green cardboard clamshell case with a printed paper label on the spine.
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.